Commodifying Violence in Literature and on Screen
The Colombian Condition
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Through an exploration of the cultural processes that perpetuate the "darker side" of Latin America for global consumption, this book investigates the “condition” that has led writers, filmmakers, and artists to embrace (purposefully or not) the incessant violence in Colombian society as the object of their own creative endeavors. Examining mass-marketed cultural products such as narco-stories, captivity memoirs, or gritty travel narratives and films, this book offers a hemispheric approach to the role played by Colombia in cultural production across the continent where the illicit drug trade has made significant inroads. To this end, author, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, identifies the “Colombian condition” within the parameters of the global economy while concentrating on the commodification of Latin American violence for cultural consumption.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Colombian Condition
Chapter 1: Narco-Stories Globalized: Pablo Escobar and Excess Consumption
Chapter 2: The Ingrid Betancourt Story: Memory in the Times of Mass Media
Chapter 3: The Travelogue Boom: Dark Exoticism for Global Consumption
Chapter 4: Affective Visuality: The Cinema of Conflict and Reconciliation
Epilogue: Post-Conflict Colombia?
Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He is the author of The Censorship Files: Latin American Writers and Franco's Spain (SUNY Press, 2007), Narrativas híbridas: parodia y posmodernismo en la ficción contemporánea de las Américas en (Verbum, 2000), and co-editor of Market Matters (Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies), Teaching the Latin American Boom (MLA, 2015) and Territories of Conflict: Traversing Colombia Through Cultural Studies (University of Rochester Press, 2017). His articles have appeared in Symposium, Revista Crítica de Literatura Latinoamericana, Hispanófila, MLN and Hispanic Review. Currently, he is the Editor of Revista de Estudios Colombianos. His research has been supported by the NEH, ACLS, and Fulbright fellowships.