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.
|Advisor:||DeGuzman, Maria, Hershfield, Joanne|
|Commitee:||Falicov, Tamara, Flaxman, Gregory, Gonzalez-Espitia, Juan Carlos|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|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|
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