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A taboo subject in many cultures, homosexuality has been traditionally repressed in Latin America, both as a way of life and as a subject for literature. Yet numerous writers have attempted to break the cultural silence surrounding homosexuality, using various strategies to overtly or covertly discuss lesbian and gay themes. ...
Gay and Lesbian Themes in Latin American Writing
A taboo subject in many cultures, homosexuality has been traditionally repressed in Latin America, both as a way of life and as a subject for literature. Yet numerous writers have attempted to break the cultural silence surrounding homosexuality, using various strategies to overtly or covertly discuss lesbian and gay themes. In this study, David William Foster examines more than two dozen texts that deal with gay and lesbian topics, drawing from them significant insights into the relationship between homosexuality and society in different Latin American countries and time periods. Foster's study includes works both sympathetic and antagonistic to homosexuality, showing the range of opinion on this topic. The preponderance of his examples come from Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, countries with historically active gay communities, although he also includes material on other countries. Noteworthy among the authors covered are Reinaldo Arenas, Adolfo Caminha, Isaac Chocron, Jose Donoso, Sylvia Molloy, Alejandra Pizarnik, and Luis Zapata. David William Foster is Regents' Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University.
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20.950000 USD

Gay and Lesbian Themes in Latin American Writing

by David William Foster
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Just as Mexican national life has come to center on the sprawling, dynamic, almost indefinable metropolis of Mexico City, so recent Mexican cinema has focused on the city not merely as a setting for films but almost as a protagonist in its own right, whose conditions both create meaning for ...
Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema
Just as Mexican national life has come to center on the sprawling, dynamic, almost indefinable metropolis of Mexico City, so recent Mexican cinema has focused on the city not merely as a setting for films but almost as a protagonist in its own right, whose conditions both create meaning for and receive meaning from the human lives lived in its midst. Through close readings of fourteen recent critically acclaimed films, this book watches Mexican cinema in this process of producing cultural meaning through its creation, enaction, and interpretation of the idea of Mexico City. David William Foster analyzes how Mexican filmmakers have used Mexico City as a vehicle for exploring such issues as crime, living space, street life, youth culture, political and police corruption, safety hazards, gender roles, and ethnic and social identities. The book is divided into three sections. Politics of the City examines the films Rojo amanecer, Novia que te vea, Frida, naturaleza viva, and Sexo, pudor y lagrimas. Human Geographies looks at El Callejon de los Milagros, Mecanica nacional, El castillo de la pureza, Todo el poder, and Lolo. Mapping Gender discusses Danzon, De noche vienes, Esmeralda, La tarea, Lola, and Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda.
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20.950000 USD

Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema

by David William Foster
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This study traces the development of Roa Bastos's concern with the reality of his people and their history and focuses on the mature techniques employed in the creation of a literary myth of a social reality.
The Myth of Paraguay in the Fiction of Augusto Roa Bastos
This study traces the development of Roa Bastos's concern with the reality of his people and their history and focuses on the mature techniques employed in the creation of a literary myth of a social reality.
31.500000 USD

The Myth of Paraguay in the Fiction of Augusto Roa Bastos

by David William Foster
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El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond examines the graphic narrative tradition in the two South American countries that have produced the medium's most significant and copious output. Argentine graphic narrative emerged in the 1980s, awakened by Hector Oesterheld's groundbreaking 1950s serial El Eternauta. After Oesterheld was disappeared under the military dictatorship, ...
El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond: Graphic Narrative in Argentina and Brazil
El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond examines the graphic narrative tradition in the two South American countries that have produced the medium's most significant and copious output. Argentine graphic narrative emerged in the 1980s, awakened by Hector Oesterheld's groundbreaking 1950s serial El Eternauta. After Oesterheld was disappeared under the military dictatorship, El Eternauta became one of the most important cultural texts of turbulent mid-twentieth-century Argentina. Today its story, set in motion by an extraterrestrial invasion of Buenos Aires, is read as a parable foretelling the invasion of Argentine society by a murderous tyranny. Because of El Eternauta, graphic narrative became a major platform for the country's cultural redemocratization. In contrast, Brazil, which returned to democracy in 1985 after decades of dictatorship, produced considerably less analysis of the period of repression in its graphic narratives. In Brazil, serious graphic narratives such as Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba's Daytripper, which explores issues of modernity, globalization, and cross-cultural identity, developed only in recent decades, reflecting Brazilian society's current and ongoing challenges. Besides discussing El Eternauta and Daytripper, David William Foster utilizes case studies of influential works-such as Alberto Breccia and Juan Sasturain's Perramus series, Angelica Freitas and Odyr Bernardi's Guadalupe, and others-to compare the role of graphic narratives in the cultures of both countries, highlighting the importance of Argentina and Brazil as anchors of the production of world-class graphic narrative.
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89.250000 USD

El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond: Graphic Narrative in Argentina and Brazil

by David William Foster
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Distinguishing figural or typological allegory - a method adapted from the Christian exegesis of the Old Testament - from the broader Hellenistic concept of allegory, this book examines its use in representative poems of early Hispanic literature. The author focuses on the thematic and structural employment of this originally nonliterary ...
Christian Allegory in Early Hispanic Poetry
Distinguishing figural or typological allegory - a method adapted from the Christian exegesis of the Old Testament - from the broader Hellenistic concept of allegory, this book examines its use in representative poems of early Hispanic literature. The author focuses on the thematic and structural employment of this originally nonliterary device and comments on the literary problems it posed and the artistic effects which were achieved by it. The development of this particular allegorical method in medieval Hispanic literature - works in Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, and Catalan - he shows, was fully equal to that found in the medieval Latin, Italian, and English literatures, and an understanding of its use serves to clarify the interpretation of many individual poems.
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47.250000 USD

Christian Allegory in Early Hispanic Poetry

by David William Foster
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Puerto Rican Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources
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67.200000 USD

Puerto Rican Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources

by David William Foster
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Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women is a powerful testimony to the outstanding contributions 72 of the most noteworthy women have made to their fields and to society. This volume covers a broad range of women excelling in the fields of politics, art, religion, government, education, literature, popular culture, and the ...
Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women: A Biographical Dictionary
Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women is a powerful testimony to the outstanding contributions 72 of the most noteworthy women have made to their fields and to society. This volume covers a broad range of women excelling in the fields of politics, art, religion, government, education, literature, popular culture, and the sciences, with substantial, up-to-date biographical and career overviews. Many notables are international figures, such as former Nicaraguan President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, Cuban Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Others, such as the Mirabal sisters, founders of a resistance movement against a repressive Dominican Republic regime, and Carmen Naranjo, a prolific Costa Rican author and champion of culture, merit the wider recognition offered here. An excellent introduction detailing the status of Latin American women in the twentieth century is the ideal framework for appreciating the struggles of these women. In the entries, information given includes family and background details, education, influences, obstacles faced and overcome, and achievements. Each entry includes a Further Reading section to enable students and other interested readers to learn more about the woman's life. Numerous photos enhance the text.
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78.750000 USD

Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women: A Biographical Dictionary

by Cynthia Tompkins, David William Foster
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Argentina, one of the most dynamic societies in Latin America, is known for its impressive level of cultural production. This examination of the social and cultural institutions of Argentine society contains a series of comprehensive and informative essays that focus on the most important forms of cultural production in terms ...
Culture and Customs of Argentina
Argentina, one of the most dynamic societies in Latin America, is known for its impressive level of cultural production. This examination of the social and cultural institutions of Argentine society contains a series of comprehensive and informative essays that focus on the most important forms of cultural production in terms of major works, major artists, and major venues. Students and interested readers will discover what is unique about Argentina's culture and customs in this thorough and engaging overview. The authors describe the issues that have dominated Argentine society and place everything in its proper context by including a chronology of major historic events. This volume also contains chapters on Religion, Social Customs, Broadcasting and Print Media, Cinema, Literature, Performing Arts, and Art (including Sculpture, Photography, Architecture, Painting).
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67.200000 USD

Culture and Customs of Argentina

by Darrell B. Lockhart, Melissa Lockhart, David William Foster
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One of the important cultural responses to political and sociohistorical events in Latin America is a resurgence of urban photography, which typically blends high art and social documentary. But unlike other forms of cultural production in Latin America, photography has received relatively little sustained critical analysis. This pioneering book offers ...
Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography: Feminist, Queer, and Post-Masculinist Perspectives
One of the important cultural responses to political and sociohistorical events in Latin America is a resurgence of urban photography, which typically blends high art and social documentary. But unlike other forms of cultural production in Latin America, photography has received relatively little sustained critical analysis. This pioneering book offers one of the first in-depth investigations of the complex and extensive history of gendered perspectives in Latin American photography through studies of works from Argentina, Mexico, and Guatemala. David William Foster examines the work of photographers ranging from the internationally acclaimed artists Graciela Iturbide, Pedro Meyer, and Marcos Lopez to significant photographers whose work is largely unknown to English-speaking audiences. He grounds his essays in four interlocking areas of research: the experience of human life in urban environments, the feminist matrix and gendered cultural production, Jewish cultural production, and the ideological principles of cultural works and the connections between the works and the sociopolitical and historical contexts in which they were created. Foster reveals how gender-marked photography has contributed to the discourse surrounding the project of redemocratization in Argentina and Guatemala, as well as how it has illuminated human rights abuses in both countries. He also traces photography's contributions to the evolution away from the masculinist-dominated post-1910 Revolution ideology in Mexico. This research convincingly demonstrates that Latin American photography merits the high level of respect that is routinely accorded to more canonical forms of cultural production.
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23.050000 USD

Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography: Feminist, Queer, and Post-Masculinist Perspectives

by David William Foster
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Peruvian Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources
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78.750000 USD

Peruvian Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources

by David William Foster
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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Voices of the Survivors: Testimony, Mourning, and Memory in Post-Dictatorship Argentina (1983-1995)
First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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126.000000 USD

Voices of the Survivors: Testimony, Mourning, and Memory in Post-Dictatorship Argentina (1983-1995)

by David William Foster, Liria Evangelista
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Viewing contemporary Latin American films through the lens of queer studies reveals that many filmmakers are exploring issues of gender identity and sexual difference, as well as the homophobia that attempts to defeat any challenge to the heterosexual norms of patriarchal culture. In this study of queer issues in Latin ...
Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
Viewing contemporary Latin American films through the lens of queer studies reveals that many filmmakers are exploring issues of gender identity and sexual difference, as well as the homophobia that attempts to defeat any challenge to the heterosexual norms of patriarchal culture. In this study of queer issues in Latin American cinema, David William Foster offers highly perceptive queer readings of fourteen key films to demonstrate how these cultural products promote the principles of an antiheterosexist stance while they simultaneously disclose how homophobia enforces the norms of heterosexuality. Foster examines each film in terms of the ideology of its narrative discourse, whether homoerotic desire or a critique of patriarchal heterosexism and its implications for Latin American social life and human rights. His analyses underscore the difficulties involved in constructing a coherent and convincing treatment of the complex issues involved in critiquing the patriarchy from perspectives associated with queer studies. The book will be essential reading for everyone working in queer studies and film studies. The films discussed in this book are: De eso no se habla (I Don't Want to Talk about It) El lugar sin limites (The Place without Limits) Aqueles dois (Those Two) Convivencia (Living Together) Conducta impropia (Improper Conduct) The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca La Virgen de los Sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins) Dona Herlinda y su hijo (Dona Herlinda and Her Son) No se lo digas a nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) En el paraiso no existe el dolor (There Is No Suffering in Paradise) A intrusa (The Interloper) Plata quemada (Burnt Money) Afrodita (Aphrodite) Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate)
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20.950000 USD

Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

by David William Foster
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Gender is an absolute ground zero for most human societies, writes David William Foster, an absolute horizon of social subjectivity. In this book, he examines gender issues in thirteen Brazilian films made (with one exception) after the 1985 return to constitutional democracy and elimination of censorship to show how these ...
Gender and Society in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema
Gender is an absolute ground zero for most human societies, writes David William Foster, an absolute horizon of social subjectivity. In this book, he examines gender issues in thirteen Brazilian films made (with one exception) after the 1985 return to constitutional democracy and elimination of censorship to show how these issues arise from and comment on the sociohistorical reality of contemporary Brazilian society. Foster organizes his study around three broad themes: construction of masculinity, constructions of feminine and feminist identities, and same-sex positionings and social power. Within his discussions of individual films ranging from Jorge um brasileiro to A hora da estrela to Beijo no asfalto, he offers new ways of understanding national ideals and stereotypes, sexual dissidence (homoeroticism and transgenderism), heroic models, U.S./Brazilian relations, revolutionary struggle, and human rights violations. As the first study of Brazilian cinematic representations of gender ideology in English or Portuguese, this book will be important reading in film and cultural studies.
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20.950000 USD

Gender and Society in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

by David William Foster
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Spanish literature is one of the major European literatures, with an extensive array of canonical and important writers from the Middle Ages to the present. Because Spain was a crossroads of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures, its cultural traditions weave together issues related to homoerotic practices and beliefs from these ...
Spanish Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Spanish literature is one of the major European literatures, with an extensive array of canonical and important writers from the Middle Ages to the present. Because Spain was a crossroads of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures, its cultural traditions weave together issues related to homoerotic practices and beliefs from these diverse origins. Homoeroticism, as a consequence, has always been a highly charged issue for Spain. But only since the return to a constitutional society after the death of Franco in 1975 and the international growth of interest in queer issues has it been possible to establish a reliable history of homoeroticism in Spanish culture. Many of these issues have been treated in Spanish literature, since the literature of a country so closely records its culture. This reference book examines the prominence of gay and lesbian themes in the works of Spanish writers and thus illuminates the homoerotic element in Spanish culture from the medieval period to the twentieth century. The volume presents entries for more than 50 Spanish writers, such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Ignatius of Loyola, Juan de la Cruz, Miguel de Unamuno, Maria de Zayas, and Esther Tusqueto. The writers included fall chiefly into two groups: those of the canon whose works contain elements of interest to an agenda of sexual dissidence, and those who constitute a lesbigay inventory for contemporary Spain. Included are those writers whose works are of interest to lesbigay scholarship, regardless of whether the writers themselves were lesbigay. The volume also includes entries for several Spanish cultural figures such as filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and painter Salvador Dali, who were not writers but nonetheless inform the homoerotic background of Spanish writing and culture. Entries are arranged alphabetically and are written by expert contributors. Each includes a brief biographical profile, a discussion of gay and lesbian themes in the writer's works, and a bibliography. The volume also includes an extensive introductory essay and a list of major studies.
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67.200000 USD

Spanish Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

by David William Foster
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Gay and lesbian themes in Latin American literature have been largely ignored. This reference fills this gap by providing more than a hundred alphabetically arranged entries for Latin American authors who have treated gay or lesbian material in their works. Each entry explores the significance of gay and lesbian themes ...
Latin American Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Gay and lesbian themes in Latin American literature have been largely ignored. This reference fills this gap by providing more than a hundred alphabetically arranged entries for Latin American authors who have treated gay or lesbian material in their works. Each entry explores the significance of gay and lesbian themes in a particular author's writings and closes with a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The figures included have a professed gay identity, or have written on gay or lesbian themes in either a positive or negative way, or have authored works in which a gay sensibility can be identified. The volume pays particular attention to the difficulty of ascribing North American critical perspectives to Latin American authors, and studies these authors within the larger context of Latin American culture. The book includes entries for men and women, and for authors from Latin American countries as well as Latino writers from the United States. The entries are written by roughly 60 expert contributors from Latin America, the U.S., and Europe.
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78.750000 USD

Latin American Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

by David William Foster
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Since the 1991 publication of his groundbreaking book Gay and Lesbian Themes in Latin American Writing, David William Foster has proposed a series of theoretical and critical principles for the analysis of Latin American culture from the perspectives of the queer. This book continues that project with a queer reading ...
Sexual Textualities: Essays on Queer/ing Latin American Writing
Since the 1991 publication of his groundbreaking book Gay and Lesbian Themes in Latin American Writing, David William Foster has proposed a series of theoretical and critical principles for the analysis of Latin American culture from the perspectives of the queer. This book continues that project with a queer reading of literary and cultural aspects of Latin American texts. Moving beyond its predecessor, which provided an initial inventory of Latin American gay and lesbian writing, Sexual Textualities analyzes questions of gender representation in Latin American cultural productions to establish the interrelationships, tensions, and irresolvable conflicts between heterosexism and homoeroticism. The topics that Foster addresses include Eva Peron as a cultural/sexual icon, feminine pornography, Luis Humberto Hermosillo's classic gay film Dona Herlinda y su hijo, homoerotic writing and Chicano authors, Matias Montes Huidobro's Exilio and the representation of gay identity, representation of the body in Alejandra Pizarnik's poetry, and the crisis of masculinity in Argentine fiction from 1940 to 1960.
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20.950000 USD

Sexual Textualities: Essays on Queer/ing Latin American Writing

by David William Foster
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Argentina's return to constitutional democracy in 1983 initiated a cultural renaissance as the new government instituted a widespread collective effort to recover from a decade of military dictatorship. For a five-year period, until severe financial emergencies forced the cancellation of subsidies, film-making flourished. Cinematographers took the opportunity to articulate their ...
Contemporary Argentine Cinema
Argentina's return to constitutional democracy in 1983 initiated a cultural renaissance as the new government instituted a widespread collective effort to recover from a decade of military dictatorship. For a five-year period, until severe financial emergencies forced the cancellation of subsidies, film-making flourished. Cinematographers took the opportunity to articulate their pent-up frustrations regarding the suppression of political dissent as well as to address social attitudes towards violence, Nazism, homosexuality and incest. In this book, David Foster discusses 10 major films of this time and examines the transformation of social topics into motion pictures and the relationship between commercial film-making strategies and Argentine redemocratisation. Foster analyses internationally recognised films such as Kiss of the Spider Woman , The Offical Story and Man Facing Southeast as structural features - how action is framed, the transition between scenes, the relationships among characters, the use of highlighting and foregrounding - as a key to ech film's interpretation of Argentine social topics. General readers, students of film theory and Latin American scholars should welcome Foster's analysis of the most important films made during Argentina's period of cultural renewal.
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38.21 USD

Contemporary Argentine Cinema

by David William Foster
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Serves as a kind of cultural-historical road map to Sao Paulo (including alternative routes and detours), one that will be a necessary resource for any subsequent cultural studies of Sao Paulo and Latin American urbanization. --Justin Read, author ofModern Poetics and Hemispheric American Cultural Studies The essays brought together in ...
Sao Paulo: Perspectives on the City and Cultural Production
Serves as a kind of cultural-historical road map to Sao Paulo (including alternative routes and detours), one that will be a necessary resource for any subsequent cultural studies of Sao Paulo and Latin American urbanization. --Justin Read, author ofModern Poetics and Hemispheric American Cultural Studies The essays brought together in this volume all focus on the city of Sao Paulo, in the triple dynamic of cultural production: the critical representation of society, the analytical interpretation of the internal dynamic, and the principled imagination of alternative ways of living. --Pedro Meira Monteiro, author ofA Moralist in the Tropics David Foster brings an intense curiosity and lifelong familiarity to this unique examination of the cultural tapestry of Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America and the second largest in Latin America. Examining everything from the poetics of Mario de Andrade to the Eisner Award-winning graphic novels of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, Foster paints a portrait as colorful and multifaceted as the city it reveals. He offers representative examples of poetry, fiction, graphic art, photography, film, and social commentary to introduce readers to some of the most important cultural dimensions of the city as well as some of its most outstanding writers and artists. Foster selects his featured artists and works with care and precision in order to reveal insights into the development of the city throughout the twentieth century. This is a tour-de-force overview of the cultural output of one of the world's great urban centers, one that future researchers on Brazilian culture will ignore at their peril. David William Foster, Regents' Professor of Spanish, Humanities, and Women's Studies at Arizona State University, is author of Buenos Aires: Perspectives on the City and Cultural Production, Urban Photography in Argentina: Nine Artists of the Post-Dictatorship Era, and Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema.
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66.71 USD
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El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond examines the graphic narrative tradition in the two South American countries that have produced the medium's most significant and copious output. Argentine graphic narrative emerged in the 1980s, awakened by Hector Oesterheld's groundbreaking 1950s serial El Eternauta. After Oesterheld was disappeared under the military dictatorship, ...
El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond: Graphic Narrative in Argentina and Brazil
El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond examines the graphic narrative tradition in the two South American countries that have produced the medium's most significant and copious output. Argentine graphic narrative emerged in the 1980s, awakened by Hector Oesterheld's groundbreaking 1950s serial El Eternauta. After Oesterheld was disappeared under the military dictatorship, El Eternauta became one of the most important cultural texts of turbulent mid-twentieth-century Argentina. Today its story, set in motion by an extraterrestrial invasion of Buenos Aires, is read as a parable foretelling the invasion of Argentine society by a murderous tyranny. Because of El Eternauta, graphic narrative became a major platform for the country's cultural redemocratization. In contrast, Brazil, which returned to democracy in 1985 after decades of dictatorship, produced considerably less analysis of the period of repression in its graphic narratives. In Brazil, serious graphic narratives such as Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba's Daytripper, which explores issues of modernity, globalization, and cross-cultural identity, developed only in recent decades, reflecting Brazilian society's current and ongoing challenges. Besides discussing El Eternauta and Daytripper, David William Foster utilizes case studies of influential works-such as Alberto Breccia and Juan Sasturain's Perramus series, Angelica Freitas and Odyr Bernardi's Guadalupe, and others-to compare the role of graphic narratives in the cultures of both countries, highlighting the importance of Argentina and Brazil as anchors of the production of world-class graphic narrative.
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26.200000 USD
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Writers and editors of Spanish have long needed an authoritative guide to written language usage, similar to The MLA Style Manual and The Chicago Manual of Style. And here it is! This reference guide provides comprehensive information on how the Spanish language is copyedited for publication. The book covers these ...
The Writer's Reference Guide to Spanish
Writers and editors of Spanish have long needed an authoritative guide to written language usage, similar to The MLA Style Manual and The Chicago Manual of Style. And here it is! This reference guide provides comprehensive information on how the Spanish language is copyedited for publication. The book covers these major areas: Language basics: capitalization, word division, spelling, and punctuation. Language conventions: abbreviations, professional and personal titles, names of organizations, and nationalities. Bibliographic format, particularly how Spanish differs from English. Spanish language forms of classical authors' names. Literary and grammatical terminology. Linguistic terminology. Biblical names and allusions. A dictionary of grammatical doubts, including usage, grammatical constructions of particular words and phrases, verbal irregularities, and gender variations.
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17.800000 USD

The Writer's Reference Guide to Spanish

by Carmen De Urioste, Daniel Altami randa, David William Foster
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Part of the self-image of Phoenix is that the city has no history and that anything of importance happened yesterday. Also that Phoenix is a clean city, though there is considerable evidence of a past of police corruption and social oppression. The real present-day Phoenix, easygoing and sun-drenched, a place ...
Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media
Part of the self-image of Phoenix is that the city has no history and that anything of importance happened yesterday. Also that Phoenix is a clean city, though there is considerable evidence of a past of police corruption and social oppression. The real present-day Phoenix, easygoing and sun-drenched, a place of ever-expanding development and economic growth, guarantees, it is said, an enviable lifestyle, low taxes, and unfettered personal freedom and opportunity. Little of this is true. Phoenix has been described as one of the least sustainable cities in the country. The sixth largest urban area of the United States, there is an alarming superficiality in the tourism-oriented discourse of the leaders and citizens of the capital of Arizona. This study examines a series of narrative works (novels, theatre, chronicles, investigative reporting, personal accounts, editorial cartooning, even a children's television program) that question this discourse in a frequently stinging fashion. The works examined are anchored in a critical understanding of the dominant urban myths of Greater Phoenix, and an awareness of how all the newness, modernity, and fun-in-the-sun mentality mask a uniquely dystopian human experience.
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42.77 USD
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