The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, was a call to action resulting in the overthrow of Porfirio Díaz and his regime. The significance of this rupture lies in the awakening produced; the revolution prompted a consciousness of the fundamental equality that belongs to all people. Through the dissertation I delve into varying discourses manufactured in post-revolutionary periods addressing nationalism, indigenismo, and corporality. I specifically develop my analysis through the material representations of Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Sergei Eisenstein, and Emilio Fernández. Each of these artists through paintings, photography, or film addresses Mexico's representation of minorities, especially women, in efforts to account for those previously unaccounted. The bodies of minorities as well as symbols and icons are materially depicted, in order to reveal the tension and conflict surrounding order, which culminates in the retention and contestation of power. Curiously, what is uncovered through a discussion of these artists and their work, is that broad categorizations attempting to account for all, reinforce stratification, whereas the discourses that embrace difference are the most proximate to equality.
|Commitee:||Johnson, Adriana, Mahieux, Viviane|
|School:||University of California, Irvine|
|Department:||Spanish - Ph.D.|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Latin American Studies, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Mexican film, Mexican revolution, Women in politics|
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