Growing up in Latin America contributes to the growing body of scholarship on the representation of children and minors in contemporary Latin American literature and film. This volume looks closely at the question of agency and the role of minors as active participants in the complex historical processes of the Latin American continent during the 20th and 21st centuries, both as national citizens and as transnational migrants. Questions of gender, migration, violence, post-coloniality, and precarity are central to the analysis of childhood and youth narratives in this collection of essays.
Marco Ramírez Rojas is associate professor of Spanish at City University of New York, Lehman College.
Pilar Osorio Lora is associate professor at Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Bogota.
Introduction: “Relational Agency of Minors in Latin American Narratives”
Marco Ramírez Rojas
Chapter 1. Some Notes on Latin American Childhood
Pilar Osorio Lora
Part I. Growing Up Queer: Narrative and Constructed Memories
Chapter 2. Growing up Queer in Mexico City: Rebellious Identities in Tryno Maldonado, Antonio Alatorre, and Sara Levi Calderón
Chapter 3. The Dark Night of Mexico: Picaresque, Sexuality, and Violence In El Vampiro De La Colonia Roma and Las Púberes Canéforas
Rafael Hernández Rodríguez
Chapter 4. Between Places: Physical and Mnemonic Spaces in the Paraguayan film 108 Cuchillo de palo
Rafaela Fiore Urízar
Part II. Coming-of-Age in Between Places: Narratives of Migration
Chapter 5. The Child That Looks: Childhood, Migration, and Ecology in El Camino
Alicia V. Nuñez.
Chapter 6. Feeling Good: “Affect Aliens” of the Colombian Diaspora in Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera
Astrid Lorena Ochoa Campo
Chapter 7. Childhood on the back of La Bestia: fictions about adults and migration to the United States
Rodrigo Pardo Fernández
Part III. In The Shadow of Revolutions
Chapter 8. Agency and Learning from the Edges: Everybody Leaves As a Female Novel of Formation in Post-Soviet Cuba
Chapter 9. School Bullying As A Metaphor For The Socio-Political Situation In Castro’s Cuba (“A La Vencida Va La Tercera” By Yomar González – Camionero By Sebastián Miló)
Part IV. The Subalternities of Minors: Violence, Sexual Abuse, and Disabilities
Chapter 10. Children, Ghosts and Masks in The Mexican Narco-Zone: A Mediated Agency. A Comparative Analysis Of Four Fiction Films And Documentaries
Chapter 11. She takes pleasure in the sins of the flesh: Child and Youth Abuse in the Narrative of Ecuadorian Female Writers of the 21st Century
Silvia Ruiz Tresgallo
Chapter 12. In the Name of Darkness. Coloniality and Disability in Mariana Enriquez’s Nuestra parte de noche (2019)
Part V. Embodied Learnings: Ethics, Affects, and Transcendence
Chapter 13. Embodied Ethics in Los ríos profundos and La Rue Cases-Nègres
Chapter 14. Formation and Ontological Transcendence in Giovanna Rivero’s 98 segundos sin sombra and Magela Baudoin’s El sonido de la H
Growing up in Latin America compiles an excellent collection of essays addressing the pressing question of children and adolescents’ agency in Latin American novels, fictional films and documentaries. Together, the essays provide a cohesive and robust platform to understand the multiple and contrasting paths in which the representation of minors is not just a reflection of adults’ anxieties but also an effective approach to recognize those minors as active and critical members of society.
Any child in a Latin American family knows the importance of oral tradition: adventures that mothers, fathers, grandparents, and caregivers had when they were young interweave into the fabric of the next generation’s knowledge of space, place, rules, resistance, and relationships. For Latin American and Latinx people, the legacy of memory found in the story is a central component of agency and growing up, which is rightfully at the forefront of Growing up in Latin America: Child and Youth Agency in Contemporary Popular Culture.