Gender-Based Violence in Latin American and Iberian Cinemas rethinks the intersection between violence and its gendered representation.
This is a groundbreaking contribution to the international debate on the cinematic construction of gender-based violence. With essays from diverse cultural backgrounds and institutions, this collection analyzes a wide range of films across Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The volume makes use of varied perspectives including feminist, postcolonial, and queer theory to consider such issues as the visual configuration of power and inequality, the objectification and the invisibilization of women’s and LGBTQ subjects’ resistance, the role of female film-makers in transforming hegemonic accounts of violence, and the subversion of common tropes of gendered violence.
This will be of significance for students and scholars in Latin American and Iberian studies, as well as in film studies, cultural studies, and gender and queer studies.
Preface by Leticia Sabsay
Screening Counter-Violence: An Introduction to Giving Account Beyond Memories of Trauma, Rebeca Maseda García, María José Gámez Fuentes and Barbara Zecchi
PART I: Memories of gender resistance against violence
Chapter 1 - Female Bodies on Lisbon’s Margins: Space, Embodiment and (Dis)Possession in Alda e Maria (Pocas Pascoal, 2011), Katy Stewart
Chapter 2 - Women’s Memories of Political Violence in Brazilian Cinema, Tatiana Heise
Chapter 3 - Violence, Resistance, and Female Agency in Filmic Representations of the Franco Regime, Cinta Ramblado-Minero
Chapter 4 - Renouncing Violence: Terrorism and Feminisation in Basque Cinema, Ann Davies
PART II: Gender violence and agency: beyond binarisms
Chapter 5 - Sexykiller (Miguel Martí, 2008): Female Psycho-killers and Post-feminism in Contemporary Spanish Horror Film, Irene Baena Cuder
Chapter 6 - Horror, Gender Violence and Latin American Heteronormative Rhetoric as Mechanisms to Invoke a Queer Subjectivity in La memoria del muerto (Valentín Javier Diment, 2011), Gustavo E. Subero
PART III: The chiaroscuros of witnessing gender violence
Chapter 7 - Torture, Masculinity, and Resistance in Chilean Documentary Film: Patricio Guzmán and Marcela Said, Lisa DiGiovanni
Chapter 8 - War, Women, and Post-hegemonic Representations in Magallanes (Salvador del Solar, 2015), Erika Almenara
Chapter 9 - Troubling Gender in Cuban Cinema: From History to Story, Brígida M. Pastor
PART IV: Gender violence across geographical borders: femicide as a global issue
Chapter 10 - The Poetics of Affect in Documentary Film-making about Feminicidio in Ciudad Juárez, Nuala Finnegan
Chapter 11 - From Cinema to the Live Regime: Pedagogies of Cruelty and Social Anesthesia in Two Latin American Movies, Sayak Valencia Triana, Sonia Herrera Sánchez
"This timely and well-coordinated collection of essays offers a set of politically urgent and highly original readings of important films from Portugal, Spain and Latin America that make us readers re-think what we thought we knew about gender and violence, or its depiction on the screen."
- Santiago Fouz Hernández, Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University
"This is an important book written and edited by leading experts in their field. The rich edited collection examines film and gender violence within specific systemic cultural contexts privileging female agency and resistance."
- Deborah Shaw, Professor of Film and Screen Studies, University of Portsmouth