The Making of a Revolutionary: Ernesto Guevara Goes Traveling

The film Motorcycle Diaries, like the eponymous book, recounts the travels of Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado from Argentina through Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. The period under consideration was very formative in transforming Ernesto Guevara from a medical student from a middle class porteƱo family into the eventual guerilla of world renown.

For this writing assignment, students must chose a theme listed below, one of the readings listed below, and a second reading of their own choice, and write a critique of the film using those sources. The reading of your choice must come from an academic journal or edited volume, and be scholarly. Sources for that reading include JSTOR, ProjectMUSE, EBSCO Host, and the like.

Choose one of the following themes:

  • Economic development
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity/Race
  • Labor
  • Nationalism
  • Revolution

Choose at least one of the following readings:

Together with a complementary article of your own, use the reading and the theme you choose to explain the political, social, and economic conditions that Ernesto Guevara encountered on his way to becoming El Che.