Seminar: Latin America Childhood Fiction & Human Rights
By engaging with children’s literature written in Latin America, we often get involved with many other modes and media, not just writing and print alone. We need to analyze the drawings and environments that these stories want to portray with an awareness of the omnipresence of ideology in the books for children. Through pages written and illustrated for children we will see some of the major conflicts of Latin America: dictatorships, social inequalities and struggles for justice in a number of social areas. Class readings include: books for children written by Nobel Prize authors, interviews on children’s authors who worked under dictatorships, a program of documentaries and films on children and social justice, and the analysis of history and cultural patterns linked to the ideologies of childhood in Latin America. Major commitment to the class is expected, as the class is thought as a workshop and it will end with hand-made books for children written by the attendees.