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Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies

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Año: 2014 vol. 23 n. 4

Jenckes, Kate . "A este oficio me obligan los dolores ajenos": In Memoriam, Juan Gelman (1930–2014). p. 317-323 Argentina
Juan Gelman / Poesía / Acción política
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


This essay commemorates the poetic work of Juan Gelman on the occasion of his death in January 2014. It considers the controversy surrounding his political and literary work, which was reignited after his death, and counters the charges that his poetry represented a turn away from politics or a redemption of Leftist political militancy through the portrayal of a martyred subjectivity. It argues that contrary to these claims, Gelman's poetry shows how political action necessarily exceeds both redemptive frameworks and subjective autonomy

Ramírez Llorens, Fernando. So Close to God, So Close to Hollywood: Catholics and the Cinema in Argentina.  / Tan cerca de Dios, tan cerca de Hollywood: los católicos y el cine en Argentina p. 325-344 Argentina
Católicos / Cine argentino / Influencia en producción y distribución
Siglo XX


This article reconstructs and discusses the experience of Catholic laity in influencing the production, distribution and exhibition of films in Argentina. The clergy and laity connected with Argentine Catholic Action developed many important strategies towards cinema at both the national and local levels, principally between the decades of the 1930s and 1960s; these endeavoured not only to control the distribution of specific films but at the same time to promote others, to define alternative spaces and to build audiences. In Argentina Catholics were pioneers in rating films according to age, in the organisation of film clubs and in the setting up of debates around film, and had a decisive influence on State intervention in controlling scripts, cutting films and prohibiting the showing of certain films. These two lines, of promotion and prohibition, developed under the influence of the different experiences of North American and European Catholics, co-existed for much of the time before they finally separated. But as a whole, Catholic militants from different points of view shared the rejection of the idea of cinema as an entertainment industry aimed exclusively at profit and promoted debates about art, mass communication, education and leisure.

Buttes, Stephen . Huaso Romance as Neoliberal Reform in Sebastián Silva's La nana.  / El romance Huaso como reforma neoliberal en "La nana" de Sebastián Silva p. 345-362 Chile
Romance Huaso / Reforma neoliberal / "La nana" / Sebastián Silva
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


Building on the work of recent critics, this essay asserts that the narrative of illness and recovery at the center of Sebastián Silva's film La nana (2009) can be understood as allegorically working through the contradictions between economy and culture in contemporary Chile. Diverging from these critics, however, the essay argues that the film operates its critique by mobilizing the narrative structures that characterized Chilean criollista novels, and in particular the huaso romance narrative. Far from arguing that the film represents a nationalist or folkloric take on contemporary Chile, the essay asserts that Silva reconfigures the huaso romance to construct local solutions to the potential social conflicts generated by Chile's more complete integration into the world economic system. Following this line of argument, the essay asserts that Silva's film, like its criollista antecedents, produces a reformist political project that provides the grounds from which new social bonds can be developed to heal and stabilize the neoliberal economic system. In addition to a close reading of the film, the essay considers the basic characteristics of criollismo by examining Joaquín Edwards Bello's best-selling criollista novel La chica del Crillón (1935) as well as key details in Chilean history, politics, economy and culture.

Carter, Eli Lee. Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres?: Luiz Fernando Carvalho's Metafictional Critique of Brazilian Television Fiction.  / Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres?: Crítica metaficcional de Luiz Fernando Carvalho de la ficción televisiva brasileña p. 363-379 Brasil
Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres? / Luiz Fernando Carvalho / Ficción televisiva brasileña
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


Although perhaps best known outside Brazil for the feature-length film Lavoura Arcaica (To the Left of the Father) (2001), the majority of Luiz Fernando Carvalho's professional activity has been in television, where he has directed a number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed telenovelas, mini, and microseries. In Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres? (After All, What do Women Want?) (2010), the director's first original screenplay for television, Carvalho lays bare his assessment of the audiovisual field by constructing a work of metafiction that is simultaneously a critique of Brazilian television fiction and an example of what an artistically engaged alternative might look like. With the intention of synthesizing Carvalho's position and his aesthetic project as they pertain to the broader field of Brazilian television production, this article analyzes select aspects of Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres?, highlighting instances of the director's use of non-traditional narrative devices and the microseries as a metafictional critique of standardized Brazilian television fiction.

Kroll-Bryce, Christian. A Reasonable Senselessness: Madness, Sovereignty and Neoliberal Reason in Horacio Castellanos Moya's Insensatez.  / Un sinsentido razonable: la locura, la Soberanía y la Razón Neoliberal en "Insensatez" de Horacio Castellanos Moya p. 381-399 El Salvador | Guatemala
Un sinsentido razonable / "Insensatez" / Horacio Castellanos Moya
Siglo XXI


Through a reading of Horacio Castellanos Moya's novel Senselessness and Guatemalan dictator Efrain Ríos Montt's counterinsurgency discourse, I argue in this article that madness, banished from the realm of reason with the rise of capitalism, resurfaces nowadays as a conceptual category able to disrupt the neoliberal manufacturing of bare life. I first examine how subversion was discursively constructed in Guatemala as a mental disease. I then discuss the narrator's behavior in the novel as a reasonable senselessness that by welcoming madness, understood as the moment of extreme doubt, both reveals and reacts against a shift in the locus of sovereignty ensuing from neoliberal reason's tightening grasp of the biopolitical sphere. This shift, I further argue, is increasingly placing most of the population in a relation of exception that resembles the zone of indistinction between life and death in which bare life is caught. I conclude by suggesting that Castellanos Moya's novel ultimately invites us to ponder the possibility of an other reason able to move beyond the extreme moment of certainty that the merging of state and neoliberal reason represents neoliberalism, sovereignty, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemala

Crossman, Lisa A. Facing Climate Change: Andrea Juan's Visual Play with Science and the Sublime.  / Ante el cambio climático: Juego visual de Andrea Juan con la ciencia y lo sublime p. 401-418 Argentina
Cambio climático / Andrea Juan / Ciencia
Siglo XXI


Andrea Juan has responded to climate change in her art since 2002, highlighting the potential enjoyment of uncertainty and the pleasure of discovering this ecological crisis. Through an examination of El bosque invisible: Serie Antártica [The Invisible Forest: The Antarctica Series], 2010, this article will examine how Juan represents environmental transformations through her process, aesthetic choices, and work in Antarctica. Antarctica—an emblem of environmental change and advancements in scientific research—serves as one of the main stages for Juan's placement of colorful fabrics and cloth figures that are meant to represent specific natural phenomena connected to climate change. Juan's documentation of these scenes in videos and digital stills quotes the Romantic tradition of the sublime in landscape painting, the artist-traveller, and a heroic notion of scientific fieldwork, which exposes a continued desire for control despite our increasing knowledge of our limitations, as well as two principal means through which we understand climate change: science and the sublime. Furthermore, the pleasing quality of Juan's art, in spite of the crisis to which she alludes, aligns with contemporary trends that favor participation, pleasure and hope. This tendency itself exposes the uncertainty of art's role in the face of such crises.

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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