From the 1960-to 1990s, several countries in Central America (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala) were engulfed in Civil Wars and revolutions. By the 1990s, peace accords had been signed, and each country had started a process toward free-market economic policies. Ho did these profound changes affect society? How was this change reflected in literature and film? This interdisciplinary course will explore testimonials, committed literature, films, and what has been described as an "aesthetics of cynicism" in postwar cultural production. Students will explore the relationship between history, economics, politics, and culture in various texts and creative writing assignments.