The “Gentleman’s Coup” of 1976 ushered in years of terror, the forced disappearances of 30,000 citizens, and the establishment of hundreds of secret torture centers. We will study not only the repression itself, but literary, artistic, architectural, and cinematic works of the repressive 1970s and their complicated aftermath to this day. You will be expected to keep a reading journal, participate in seminar discussion, and take part in small-group panels. Creative as well as research and critical assignments. Writing is important and will be evaluated. English is our lingua-franca, but Spanish-language texts will be provided upon request to those with appropriate fluency.
Corequisite: Students are required to be in attendance at all Literature evenings and Poetry at Bennington events (typically on alternating Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm).