Spanish MA

Representing Disappearance: Cultural Responses to the Argentine Dictatorship (1976-83) HISP4105

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines how Argentine dramatists, writers and filmmakers have responded to the dictatorship (1976-1983) in their work. The course specifically focuses on the presence of the disappeared in the works to be studied and examines the strategies used for representing that which was not to be seen, that which was disappeared and excluded from view.


20 x 1hr sessions over both semesters as scheduled on MyCampus


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Commentary (1000 words) - 20%

Essay (2,000 words) - 50%

Group presentation, within which each student in the group will talk for c5 minutes (15% group mark and 15% individual mark) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study the lasting impact of dictatorship, torture and disappearance in the works of Argentine dramatists, writers and filmmakers.

■ consider the ways in which silence or what is not said impacts upon possible debates within visual and literary texts.

■ develop and deepen your understanding of trauma in both personal and national terms.

■ foster an understanding of the general trends in 20th Century Argentine politics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

• provide evidence of detailed knowledge and understanding of the dictatorship and its aftermath in Argentina;

• understand the complex inter-relations between a text and its historical context;

• apply distinct methods of cultural and historical analysis appropriately to a range of written and visual texts;

• present detailed arguments (oral and written), supported by primary and secondary textual evidence;

• access and evaluate critically secondary reading material and other relevant resources;

• analyse texts (both written and visual), showing awareness of their relation to the social, historical and generic context in which they were produced.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.