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Latin American cinemas : local views and transnational connections /
edited by Nayibe Bermúdez Barrios.
imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2011.
description
ix, 333 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1552385140 (pbk.), 9781552385142 (pbk.)
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imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2011.
isbn
1552385140 (pbk.)
9781552385142 (pbk.)
language note
Includes some text in French and Spanish.
catalogue key
7436766
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nayibe Bermdez Barrios is an assistant professor in the Department of French, Italian and Spanish at the University of Calgary, where she teaches Latin American film, literature, translation, and culture. She is the author of Sujetos Transnacionales: La Negociacin en Film y Literatura(Universidad Autnoma de Ciudad Jurez, 2009).
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-11-01:
The 12 scholarly essays in this wide-ranging collection are grouped in three appropriate sections: "Crisis of the Nation-State and Desire for Community," "Sexuality, Rape and Representation," and "Visions of the Transnational.. The themes, methodologies, and theoretical approaches of the essays vary widely, and nonspecialists may be unable to recognize any clearly unifying vision shaping the collection. The overuse of jargon in certain essays may be off-putting for some readers. But most essays are well theorized, argued, and researched. The contributors, who range from famous names (e.g., David Foster) to a student pursuing a PhD, draw productively on influential ideas advanced by leading thinkers in many disciplines: Enrique Dussel's notion of transmodernity, Christian Metz's concepts of paradigmatic and syntagmatic metaphors, Gilles Deleuze's film theory, and so on. Many of the essays offer in-depth analyses of one or two features along topical lines, such as narrative strategies of otherness in XXY, the theme of community in peril in Luna de Avellaneda, and lesbian representation in Fuego. Other essays range more broadly; for example, one surveys the current status of the Colombian film industry vis-a-vis Law 814 of 2003. Useful endnotes and bibliographies are included. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students and researchers. D. West emeritus, University of Idaho
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Summaries
Main Description
During the past twenty years, Latin American cinema has experienced an enormous upsurge, prompting film critics and scholars to hail the onset of a new era. What this signals, more than thriving financial or production infrastructures, is a renovated cinematic vision connected more closely to everyday experience and social and cultural concerns. The films analysed in this new collection reflect and examine contemporary lives in their diversity and singularity, through their focus on identity politics, sexuality, the body, the family, and/or community. Drawing especially on Jean-Luc Nancys notion of inoperative community' and Enrique Dussel's critique of modernity,' the essays here weave together a progression that stresses the breakdown of the nation-state in Latin America and the search for new communal settings. The nation-state's breakdown is linked to modernity's homogenising project and its concomitant hierarchies that, in seeking to impose order and progress, have alienated those who do not conform to conventional norms. In response, Nancy offers the concept of inoperative community', which questions current forms of operative' communities that do not allow for individuation, and implies instead the recognition of plurality and singularity and replacement of hierarchies by horizontal and transversal connections. Essays in the first part of the volume, &"Crisis of the Nation-State and Desire for Community&" question the nation-state and its related institutions from different perspectives and theories, while the second section, &"Sexuality, Rape and Representation&" focuses on configurations of plurality and singularity in terms of sexuality and gender. The third part of the book, &"Visions of the Transnational&" moves toward the recognition of a global sense of interconnectedness that transcends local and national borders. Featuring more diversified methodological perspectives and covering a wider scope of cinematic traditions than most recent anthologies on Latin American cinema, these eleven essays represent a rich new contribution to film studies as well as cultural and gender studies.
Main Description
During the past twenty years, Latin American cinema has experienced an enormous upsurge, prompting film critics and scholars to hail the onset of a new era. What this signals, more than thriving financial or production infrastructures, is a renovated cine
Main Description
During the past twenty years, Latin American cinema has experienced an enormous upsurge, prompting film critics and scholars to hail the onset of a new era. What this signals, more than thriving financial or production infrastructures, is a renovated cinematic vision connected more closely to everyday experience and social and cultural concerns. The films analyzed in this new collection reflect and examine contemporary lives in their diversity and singularity, through their focus on identity politics, sexuality, the body, the family, and/or community. Drawing especially on Jean-Luc Nancy's notion of 'inoperative community' and Enrique Dussel's critique of 'modernity,' these eleven essays weave together a progression that stresses the breakdown of the nation-state in Latin America and the search for new communal settings.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Crisis of the Nation-State and Desire for Community
National Belonging in Juan José Campanella'sp. 25
From National Allegory to Autobiography: Un-Pleasure and Other Family Pathologies in Two Filmsp. 47
Bodily Representations: Disease and Rape in Francisco Lombardi'sp. 77
Films by Day and Films by Night in São Paulop. 99
Sexuality, Rape and Representation
Bodies So Close, and Yet So Far: Seeing Julián Hernández's El cielo dividido through Gilles Deleuze's Film Theoryp. 123
Myth and the Monster of Intersex: Narrative Strategies of Otherness in Lucía Puenzo's XXYp. 147
Watching Rape in Mexican Cinemap. 173
Visions of the Transnational
A Shamanic Transmodernity: Juan Mora Catlett'sp. 197
We Are Equal: Women and Video in Zapatista Chiapasp. 223
Sexploitation, Space, and Lesbian Representation in Armando Bo's Fuegop. 249
At the Transnational Crossroads: Colombian Cinema and Its Search for a Film Industryp. 277
Contributorsp. 307
Indexp. 311
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