Masculinities in Contemporary Argentine Popular Cinema

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Interdisciplinary and engaging, Masculinities in Contemporary Argentine Popular Cinema is the first scholarly work to link visual representations of heterosexual masculinities to the neo-liberal transformations in Argentina. Rocha critically examines contemporary cinematic representations of Argentine masculinities produced after the crucial changes of the 1990s affected both the social construction of gender and the financing of domestic film productions. Theoretically innovative, this study provides detailed ...

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Overview

Interdisciplinary and engaging, Masculinities in Contemporary Argentine Popular Cinema is the first scholarly work to link visual representations of heterosexual masculinities to the neo-liberal transformations in Argentina. Rocha critically examines contemporary cinematic representations of Argentine masculinities produced after the crucial changes of the 1990s affected both the social construction of gender and the financing of domestic film productions. Theoretically innovative, this study provides detailed analysis of six Argentine blockbusters.

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'This study is timely not only because of the interlocking justifications for pursuing an emphasis on issues of masculinity but also because of the easy availability of these films, which demonstrates their commercial viability and interest film courses. Rocha is an excellent scholar of Argentine culture and I am impressed with her grasp of contemporary filmmaking. Her choice of two key films per chapter allows her to focus in detail on an array of aspects of the film beyond plot or theme and to look at how each film constructs complex meanings. The result is some excellent interpretive writing grounded in a detailed familiarity with the critical opinion each film has generated to date and, more importantly, the pertinent theoretical dimensions of masculinity studies that most advantageously legitimates her interpretations.' - David William Foster, Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

'Rocha's book is an original and insightful examination of Argentine cinema and a needed addition to both film and cultural criticism of Argentina. Her focus on the cinematic articulations of Argentine masculinity helps illuminate not only the films that she discusses, but the way the country has grappled with shifting gender definitions in the wake of dictatorship and in the midst of neoliberalism.' - J. Andrew Brown, associate professor of Spanish, Washington University in St. Louis and author of Test Tube Envy: Science and Power in Argentine Narrative and Cyborgs in Latin America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230338180
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolina Rocha is an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She specializes in contemporary Southern Cone literature and film. She is the co-editor of Argentinean Cultural Production during the Neoliberal Years (with Hugo Hortiguera), Violence in Contemporary Argentine Literature and Film (with Elizabeth Montes Garcés), and New Trends in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema (with Cacilda Rêgo). Her articles on film and literature have appeared in Hispania, Revista de estudios hispánicos, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Jourbanal of Modern Jewish Studies, and Ciberletras, among others.

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Table of Contents

De-centered Man

Absent and Surrogate Fathers

Violence and Powerless Judges

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