Synopses & Reviews
This collection focuses on children and adolescents as witnesses and objects of the spectatorial gaze in Latin American and Spanish cinema from 1960 to the present. The carefully chosen essays survey the representation of the past and the definition of gender and class identity as experienced by young protagonists in films. This volume offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin American and Spanish film as well as gender studies. Some questions addressed in this collection include these: what do children and adolescents in Latin American and Spanish film see and how are they seen?
About the Author
Carolina Rocha is associate professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She specializes in contemporary Southern Cone literature and film. She co-edited with Hugo Hortiguera Argentinean Cultural Production during the Neoliberal Years (1989-2001), Violence in Contemporary Argentine Literature and Film with Elizabeth Montes Garces (University of Calgary Press) and New Trends in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema with Cacilda Rêgo. Her book on the representation of masculinities in contemporary Argentine film is forthcoming (2012).
Georgia Seminet is an assistant Professor at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She works in the field of contemporary Latin American literature, film and culture. Current areas of interest include globalization, the image and construction of childhood in literature and film and the intersection of history and culture in narrative fiction since the Boom.
Table of Contents
PART I. MEMORY AND TRAUMA * Introduction - Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet * Surviving Childhood: The Nepantla Generation as Portrayed in On the Empty Balcony by Jomí García Ascot (1962) - Julia Tuñón * Fairies, Maquis, and Children Without Schools: Romantic Childhood and Civil War in Pan's Labyrinth - Antonio Gómez L.-Quiñones * A Child's Voice, A Country's Silence: Ethnicity, Class and Gender in El silencio de Neto (1996) - Georgia Seminet * Children's Views of State-Sponsored Violence in Latin America: Machuca and The Year My Parents Went on Vacation - Carolina Rocha * Enabling, Enacting and Envisioning Societal Complicity: Daniel Bustamante's Andrés No Quiere Dormir la Siesta (2009) - Janis Breckenridge * PART II. CHILDHOOD AND PATHS TO CITIZENSHIP IN FILM * Innocence Interrupted. Neoliberalism and the End of Childhood in Recent Mexican Cinema - Ignacio Sánchez Prado * From Buñuel to Eimbcke: Orphanhood in Recent Mexican Cinema - Dan Russek * Through 'Their' Eyes: Internal and External Focalizing Agents in the Representation of Children and Violence in Iberian and Latin American Film - Eduardo Ledesma * Roads to Emancipation: Sentimental Education in Viva Cuba - Rosana Díaz Zambrana * PART III. GENDER IDENTITY. * Constructing Ethical Attention in Lucía Puenzo's XXY: Cinematic Strategy, Intersubjectivity, and Intersexuality - Jeff Zamostny * Cinematic Portrayals of Teen Girls in Brazil's Urban Peripheries: Realist and Subjectivist Approaches to Adolescent Dreams and Fantasy in Sonhos Roubados and Nina - Jack Draper * No Longer Young: Childhood, Family, and Trauma in Las Mantenidas Sin Sueños - Beatriz Urraca