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Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies

Revista Journal of Latin American Studies

Año: 2011 vol. 20 n. 3

Price, Rachel. From Coney Island to La Isla del Coco . p. 217-231 Cuba
Importancia del parke cubano de la isla Coney / Cine cubano / Literatura cubana
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


This article analyzes the history and cultural significance of the Cuban Coney Island Park. It argues that the park both allegorizes a series of geopolitical and urbanistic trends true for Havana more generally throughout the twentieth century, and figures as a significant reference for Cuban film, literature, and philosophies of history. It begins by reading Martí and Meza's chronicles about the Brooklyn park, analyzes a 1906 film about El Parque Palatino, ‘el Coney Island cubano’, and considers the Republican-era development of both parks and the suburbs of Marianao and Playa, designed to include amusement parks. The article then unearths the history of the Coney Island built in Havana in the 1950s, owned by a US businessman executed in 1961 for conducting counterrevolutionary activities within the park itself. Even as a cold war skirmish unfolded in the real park, in literature José Lezama Lima moved away from such ideologies to introduce amusement parks in his 1966 Paradiso as spaces for reflection on themes of originality, desire and substitution – themes central to the parks themselves, and to Cuba's intellectual tradition. The article ends with a history of post-2008 Chinese-built parks conceived within the ‘Batalla de Ideas’.

Aguilera Skvirsky, Salomé. Quilombo and Utopia: The Aesthetic of Labor in Linduarte Noronha's Aruanda (1960) . p. 233-260 Brasil
Aruanda / Cine brasileño / Identidad nacional brasileña / El quilombo
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


This essay focuses on one of the privileged spaces of the Cinema Novo filmscape: the quilombo, or maroon settlement. Though largely neglected by film scholars, the quilombo is an abiding theme for Brazilian political filmmakers. It is the symbolic crossroads where a utopian strain of political thinking converges with a central preoccupation of Brazilian national identity – the question of Brazil's racial character. This essay examines the classic short documentary that introduced the quilombo to Brazilian Cinema. Aruanda (Linduarte Noronha, 1960) is about a rural community of descendants of escaped slaves. The film represents an anti-culturalist approach to the quilombo that was soon superseded by the culturalist appropriation of the quilombo by the Brazilian black movement, by filmmakers like Carlos Diegues, and later, by the Brazilian state. Aruanda locates the utopian element of the quilombo, not in a peculiarly African or Afro-Brazilian culture, but in the unalienated life-activity of its members.

Boyer, Patricio. Fantasy and Imperial Discourse in Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God . p. 261-279 América Latina
Werner Herzog / Aguirre: La ira de Dios / Cine / Crítica de la Hispanoamérica colonial
Siglo XX


This essay explores the way Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God articulates the relationship between conquest, fantasy and desire. Although the film has been traditionally interpreted through the lens of historical representation or individual madness, I make the case that it explores the relationship between desire and imperial ideology. I argue for reading Aguirre as a reflection on the schematic, determinative structure of fantasy as that which produces desire in the subject rather than vice versa. In doing so, I suggest that it is not the object of desire that produces desire in Herzog's paradigm of conquest, but rather the fantasy that produces the constantly deferred object of desire. I end by reflecting on the way this seductive theoretical paradigm can prove problematic for contemporary critics and interpreters of colonial Spanish America.

Jiménez del Val, Nasheli. Government Gore: The Images of Beltrán Leyva's Body and the Mexican (Failed) State . p. 281-301 México
Beltrán Leyva / Jefe de la droga en México / Fotografias de Beltrán Leyva muerto / Impacto en la sociedad


In December 2009 a military operation took down Mexican drug boss Arturo Beltrán Leyva. Following the combat that resulted in his demise, photographs were taken of his dead body, some of them showing it covered in money and personal effects. This paper looks at the role that the photographs of Beltrán Leyva's death have played in the overall media strategy of president Felipe Calderón's ‘war on drugs’. The aim is to analyse the photographs through Foucault's theorization of an economy of punitive power with a special focus on the deployment of spectacularity in the presentation of the dead criminal as an expression of the state's exercise of particular forms of punishment. The paper also considers the effectiveness of the public presentation of such images and the consequences of their widespread distribution in the media.

Taylor, Claire. Resistant Gaming and Resignifying the Border Online: Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga's Vagamundo, A Migrant's Tale . p. 303-321 México
Vagamundo, la historia de un inmigrante / Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga/ Inmigración mexicana a EEUU
Siglo XXI


This article analyses the work of the US-Nicaraguan multimedia artist Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, with a particular focus on his 2002 work, Vagamundo. Paying particular attention to the way in which this work engages with the trope of the border and with the representation of Mexican immigrants in the US imaginary, the article traces how the mobilizations of place-based tropes online, and the acting out of such tropes in real offline place, function to contest some of the established representations of the border and border-crossers.

Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies
Papel | Versión digital con suscripción | Trimestral (desde 2011) | Reino Unido Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Travesia
ISSN versión papel: 1356-9325
ISSN versión digital: 1469-9575
Año de creación: 1992

Editor: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)

Publica artículos sobre la historia y la análisis de la cultura latinoamericana así como sobre el desarrollo de teorías y de métodos a fines de estudiar las costumbres latinoamericanas. Los artículos multi diciplinarios que contribuyen a dar sentido a una área de investigación y de debate están particularmente bienvenidos así como las disciplinas de cierto interés tales como la antropología, la comunicación, la historia y la literatura.

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