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Performing Arts History & Criticism

Latin American Cinemas

Local Views and Transnational Connections

contributions by Luna de Avellaneda, Paola Arboleda Rios, Elizabeth Montes Garces, Myriam Osorio, David W. Foster, Gerard Dapena, Charlotte H. Gleghorn, Isabel Arredondo, Keith John Richards, Elissa J. Rashkin, Nayibe Bermudez Barrios & Juana Suarez

edited by Nayibe Bermudez-Barrios

Publisher
University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2011
Category
History & Criticism, General, Cultural
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552385142
    Publish Date
    Jan 2011
    List Price
    $34.95

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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,' 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 homogenizing 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 part, "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.

With Contributions By: Isabel Arredondo Nayibe Bermudez Barrios Gerard Dapena Luna de Avellaneda David W. Foster Elizabeth Montes Garces Charlotte H. Gleghorn Myriam Osorio Elissa J. Rashkin Keith John Richards Paola Arboleda Rios Juana Suarez

About the authors

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Nayibe Bermúdez-Barrios is an associate 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 Negociación en Film y Literatura.

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Nayibe Bermúdez-Barrios is an associate 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 Negociación en Film y Literatura.

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