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Key Issues and Texts: The Politics of Representation in Latin American Visual Culture

Primary texts (films, books or catalogues) are listed for each weekly seminar. You will be expected to have viewed or studied all of the texts set for each seminar, together with some of the secondary reading suggested in each of the bibliographies.

Some suggestions for general reading on Film Theory, Visual Culture and Latin American cinema are available here and you are advised to dip into as many of the books suggested here as possible, in order to gain familiarity with the terminology and concepts associated with the analysis of film.

Some ‘key issues’ relating to each seminar are identified – you may wish to focus on one or more of these in a seminar paper or an essay.

Lent 2022

Seminar 1:  Sexuality, Cinema and the Transnational Queer (Geoffrey Maguire)

Films

  • XXY (dir. Lucía Puenzo, Argentina, 2007)
  • Praia do Futuro (dir. Karim Aïnouz, Brazil, 2014)
  • Taekwondo (dir. Marco Berger, 2016)

Key Issues

  • Queer corporeality in Latin American film
  • Filmic embodiment and the haptic
  • Representations of sex, sexuality and nature
  • Cinematic sexualities and masculinities
  • Transnational queer cinema and the ‘global gaze’

Bibliography
 

Seminar 2: Constellations of Collaboration: Textile Art and Memorialisation in Abya Yala (Lorna Dillon)

Primary texts

Key issues

  • supranational art movements
  • participatory needlework
  • the field of art and culture
  • transnational protest movements
  • online activism
  • the Latin American feminist tide
  • memory
  • reconciliation

Bibliography
 

Seminar 3: Violent Materialities: Conflict, Victimhood and the Documentary Body (Geoffrey Maguire)

Primary texts

  • Teatro de guerra (dir. Arias, Argentina)
  • La memoria de los huesos (dir. Beraudi, Argentina)
  • Réquiem NN (dir. Echavarría, Colombia)

Key issues

  • Reflexivity and the documentary genre
  • Testimony as performance, performance as testimony
  • Trauma, victimhood and the autobiographical body
  • The archive and the repertoire
  • Materiality, loss and the desaparecido
  • Violence and the production of space

Bibliography
 

Seminar 4: Waste Not Want Not: Film and Garbage (Geoffrey Kantaris)

This seminar looks at some key documentary films from Brazil (and optionally one from Mexico) dealing with the representation of waste, pollution and garbage.

Primary texts

  • Jorge Furtado et al. Ilha das Flores (Brazil, 1989) (short)
  • Eduardo Coutinho, Boca de Lixo (Brazil, 1992)
  • Marcos Prado, Estamira (Brazil, 2004)
  • Lucy Walker et al., Lixo Extraordinário (Waste Land, Brazil and UK, 2010)
  • Eugenio Polgovsky, Resurrección (Mexico, 2016) - optional extra

Key issues

  • Ethics of waste, garbage and “refuse”
  • The “aesthetics” of garbage and representational economy
  • The relationship between commodities and garbage
  • The waste cycle: what leaks out?
  • The human-waste interface: people as garbage
  • Can garbage speak?
  • Recycling garbage into art / film
  • Garbage and space

Bibliography
 

Seminar 5: An Aesthetic of the Margins: Photographs by Paz Errázuriz (Sofia Gotti)

Primary texts

Bibliography
 

Seminar 6: The Politics of Memory in Post-Dictatorship Argentine Cinema (Geoffrey Maguire)

Primary texts

  • Lita Stantic, Un muro de silencio (1993)
  • Albertina Carri, Los rubios (2003)
  • Benjamín Ávila, Infancia clandestina (2012)

Key issues

  • testimonial narratives, fiction, fantasy, and reflexivity
  • human rights discourses and the dictatorship
  • the shifting politics of memory in the post-dictatorship era
  • figures of guilt, complicity, victimhood, agency
  • second-generation memory and post-memory
  • militancy and the family

Bibliography