The Question of Class in Contemporary Latin American Cinema (Hardback)
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The Question of Class in Contemporary Latin American Cinema (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 15/01/2019
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The Question of Class in Contemporary Latin American Cinema responds to the renewed interest in class within and outside academia by examining the aesthetics and politics of class in a representative selection of films from the contemporary cinemas of Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. It explores the relationship of cinematic practices to conflicting socio-political transformations taking place in these five countries such as the intensification of neoliberalism, the Turn-to-the-Left, and the growth of the middle classes in the period from 2003 to 2015. Utilizing a critical comparative method , it sheds a critical light on the presumed depoliticization (or new, aestheticized politicization) of contemporary Latin American cinema. The combined textual and industrial analyses of films from strikingly different cinemas and directors through the lenses of class allows for a contextualization of this trend and the observation of its limitations. Furthermore, this book distinguishes cinematic figurations that correspond to new conceptualizations of class introduced in social studies from figurations of class that have yet to be conceptualized.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498553025
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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Academic books, whilst striving for objectivity, are written by real people, whose discursive explorations are closely intertwined with the specificity of their biography. Maria Mercedes Vazquez Vazquez opens the investigation of class conscious Latin American cinema with disclosures related to her own social class and personal history, one that brings together Spain with the vast diasporic expanses of Asia and informs her cosmopolitan take on political issues and cinematic texts. I particularly appreciate this unique angle of inquiry. She most persuasively ventures into the fascinating territory of class-conscious filmmaking across Latin America, staying true to the ideology that marks some of the best cinema from the continent. -- Dina Iordanova, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Framed between the rise and fall of the so-called Left Turn in Latin America, this book deploys a sophisticated analysis to understand a rising awareness of class dynamics among a wide array of filmmakers from Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Dr. Mari a Mercedes Va zquez Va zquez succeeds in interweaving seamlessly diverse formal considerations, with a rich historical and political understanding-including matters of production, distribution and reception. Her consideration of the national and transnational nature of these productions covers a significant gap in the study of 21st century Latin American cinema. -- Luis Duno-Gottberg, Rice University
This book offers a theoretically rich survey of directors and films that found international notoriety as well as those that have been little known outside Latin America. It examines the history, institutions, contexts, and practices that have reshaped Latin American cinema under neoliberalism, and it does so in an impressive, intellectually rigorous manner. -- Cacilda M. Rego, Utah State University
Maria Mercedes Vazquez Vazquez traces a journey through the cinema made in contemporary times in five emblematic countries of Latin America with the purpose of thinking about class ideologies, their representations at the textual level as well as their construction through modes of production, distribution, and exhibition. Intelligently and creatively, it tackles crucial issues that highlight the problems of inequality; the territorial struggles; the tense relations between the middle classes, workers, and the marginalized; and the fixing of spatial borders. -- Ana Laura Lusnich, University of Buenos Aires

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