Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Blood runs: The circulation of Argentine horror cinema in Argentina and the United States
by Risner, Jonathan, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012, 236; 3512819
Abstract (Summary)

The following dissertation focuses on six Argentine horror films available in the United States and Argentina and how the films' circulation in two national markets is reflected in multiple sociopolitical allegories concerning both countries. 9/11, the War in Iraq, legacies of Argentina's Dirty War (1976-83), the neoliberalization and 2001 economic collapse of Argentina, and the city/country divisions figure into the movies as scenes or fragments of scenes. The six films use well-known horror cinema motifs to not only help the films be recognized as horror by U.S. and Argentine consumers, but also to portray the aforementioned events in a different light. The films tender new modes of seeing national and global crises and contribute to cultural and political discourses on topics such as violence, memory, urban decay, citizenship, and the failure of government institutions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: DeGuzman, Maria, Hershfield, Joanne
Commitee: Falicov, Tamara, Flaxman, Gregory, Gonzalez-Espitia, Juan Carlos
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Comparative Literature
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American Studies, Film studies
Keywords: Allegory, Argentina, Crises, Horror cinema, Transnationality, United States
Publication Number: 3512819
ISBN: 978-1-267-42113-5
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