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Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema

Edited by Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet - Contributions by Jack A. Draper III; Sophie Dufays; Hólmfríður Garðarsdóttir; Amanda Holmes; Alejandra Josiowicz; Juli A. Kroll; Walescka Pino-Ojeda; Rachel Randall; Traci Roberts-Camps; Carolina Rocha; Georgia Seminet; Laura Senio Blair and Sarah Thomas

Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema is the first volume to delve into the construction of children's subjectivity and agency in Latin American film, and addresses such questions as: How and to what extent do films express the point of view of the child? How do plots and film practices represent children’s subjectivity and agency? Childhood studies has demonstrated the importance of examining the lives of children. Building on those insights, together with current research from film studies and Latin American cultural studies, the essays in this volume analyze the development of agency and voices of minors in contemporary Latin American film. The theoretical perspectives used—gender studies, psychoanalytic and postcolonial theory, film studies, play and performance studies, and emotion studies, among others—take into account innovative approaches to filmic techniques as they explore the varied representations of children. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 236Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-9951-0 • Hardback • August 2014 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
978-0-7391-9953-4 • Paperback • March 2017 • $44.99 • (£29.95)
978-0-7391-9952-7 • eBook • August 2014 • $41.99 • (£27.95)
Carolina Rocha is associate professor of Spanish at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Georgia Seminet is associate professor of Spanish at St. Edward’s University.
Part I: Coming to Voice on Screen: Minors and the Struggle for Agency
Mutum (2007) and O
contador de histórias (2009)
La ciénaga and La rabia
Géminis and La rabia
Part II: Children and Family Dynamics
Las malas intenciones García-Montero (2011)

Part III: Mobile Youth: Migration, Poverty and Violence

Chapter 8: Bordering Adolescence: Latin American Youth in Road Films La misma luna and Sin nombre
Al otro lado (2004)
Perfume de violetas (Nadie te oye) and La niña en la piedra (Nadie te ve)

Part IV: Minors' Subjectivity in Focus: Documentary and Neorealist Cinema
Jack A. Draper III
La eterna noche de las doce lunas (2013)
Rachel Randall
The volume definitely advances the focus on childhood and adolescent subjectivities from a rich and current theoretical approach, including gender studies, psychoanalytical and post-colonial theory, film studies, play and performance studies, and emotion studies. In short, the volume is a first in the fast-evolving field of youth subjectivities in Latin American cinema, as well as a successful attempt to historicize Latin American subjectivity processes as expressed through the voice and point of view of the children and adolescents depicted in the cinema of the region. Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema is history in the making, literally.
Arizona Journal Of Hispanic Cultural Studies

This is a worthwhile introductory text for scholars interested in this relatively new field of study…. [O]ne of the strengths of the collection is that it brings together a number of perspectives from psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory and biopolitics, to affect and disability studies… [T]he collection is valuable as it presents several approaches entailing subjectivity and agency as related to childhood and representation in film, and thus offers the reader different ways of thinking through this growing and engaging area of enquiry.
Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas

From fascinating analyses of individual films to insightful overviews of broad swaths of films, and addressing a variety of genres—including documentaries, road films, and adult dramas—the chapters in this volume explore films that imagine children as looking, looking back, taking action, speaking up, and coming to terms with themselves as children, often in the context of difficult circumstances. While the adult-dominated film industry often uses children as allegory to address adult concerns, a particular strength of this volume (and the films it examines) is its commitment to understanding children as having agency and full subjectivity, to understanding the complexity of childhood itself.
Sarah Projansky, University of Utah, author of Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture

Carolina Rocha’s and Georgia Seminet’s Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema focuses on the theme of the cinematographic representation of children and youth in Latin American cinema. Drawing from recent theories on children’s agency, this volume focuses on the representation of subjectivity as developed in diverse social contexts. The choice of films demonstrates how the contemporary global paradigm and the heterogeneous models of subjectivity of children and youth are portrayed in the twenty-first century. The contributors to the volume carry out sound analyses showcasing a variety of poststructuralist frameworks that range from gender and sexuality to border studies, all within the central question of film studies about how the children’s gaze is constructed visually, whether as an object or as the children reversing the gaze and becoming the locus of looking, thus engaging the viewer in an inter-subjective process.
Rita De Grandis, University of British Columbia