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Carl Fischer (Spanish and Portuguese GS) on "La batalla de Chile: Masculinities Struggling for a Utopian Present"

Faculty discussant: Germán Labrador

Location: 216 Burr Hall

Date/Time: 04/25/12 at 12:00 pm - 04/25/12 at 1:00 pm

This presentation will offer a gendered reading of Patricio Guzmán's documentary "La batalla de Chile (1975–79)" as a chronicle of the fleeting temporalities of utopia as they played out in Salvador Allende's Unidad Popular (UP) government. The film moves from the politically and economically fragile utopian present of the UP to examine its possible outcomes of dictatorship, on the one hand, and armed revolutionary uprising, on the other. Fischer will argue that this temporal and ideological struggle also plays out among the subjects of the film, who represent "models" both of sociopolitical affiliation and of masculinities, and correspond to the multiple utopian temporalities that coexisted in the UP.  Carl Fischer is a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.

Category: Graduate Student Work-in-Progress Series

Department: Program in Latin American Studies