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Seeing Politics Otherwise: Vision in Latin American and Iberian Fiction

Seeing Politics Otherwise: Vision in Latin American and Iberian Fiction

by Patricia Vieira
     
 

When confronting twentieth-century political oppression and violence, writers and artists in Portugal and South America have often emphasized the complex relationship between freedom and tyranny. In Seeing Politics Otherwise, Patricia Vieira uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the interrelation of politics and representations of vision and

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When confronting twentieth-century political oppression and violence, writers and artists in Portugal and South America have often emphasized the complex relationship between freedom and tyranny. In Seeing Politics Otherwise, Patricia Vieira uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the interrelation of politics and representations of vision and blindness in Latin American and Iberian literature, film, and art.

Vieira's discussion focuses on three literary works: Graciliano Ramos's Memoirs of Prison, Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, and José Saramago's Blindness, with supplemental analyses of sculpture and film by Ana Maria Pacheco, Bruno Barreto, and Marco Bechis. These artists use metaphors of blindness to denounce the totalizing gaze of dictatorial regimes. Rather than equating blindness with deprivation, Vieira argues that shadows, blindfolds, and blindness are necessary elements for re-imagining the political world and re-acquiring a political voice. Seeing Politics Otherwise offers a compelling analysis of vision and its forcible deprivation in the context of art and political protest.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of Spanish Studies, vol 90:07:2013 - Stuart Davis
‘Insightful exploration of blindness and its cultural representations… This thought-provoking study is also accessible and relevant to those working beyond Hispanic and Lusophone Studies.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442642997
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/30/2011
Series:
University of Toronto Romance Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Vieira is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University.

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