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Domestic Labor in Twenty-First Century Latin American Cinema

Editors: Osborne, Elizabeth, Ruiz-Alfaro, Sofía (Eds.)

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  • The first book-length study of the representation of female domestic labor in Latin American film
    Includes analyses of films from Mexico, Colombia, Perú, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil
    Explores how figures in the discussed films transcend their functional roles and become complex subjects that problematize hierarchical power structures within family and new socioeconomic orders

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This volume explores the character of the domestic worker in twenty-first century Latin American cinema and analyzes how recent filmic representations of the housemaid question the marginalization of domestic servants, in particular women, by making them the center of their narratives, their families, and society. The essays in this book posit the female domestic worker as an emergent subjectivity, a complex character who problematizes and contests the hierarchical power structures within the family dynamics and new socioeconomic orders found in contemporary Latin America.

Readers will find a variety of representations across the continent as well as transnational commonalities of the cinematic figure and role of the housemaid, including the negotiation of a multilayered politics of affection in the framework of prevalent paternalism, and the complex and contradictory dynamic between private and public spaces, where domestic paid labor occupies a central role in maintaining gender, class, and ethnic inequalities.

About the authors

Elizabeth Osborne, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages, Worcester State University, USA.

Sofía Ruiz-Alfaro, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Linguistics, Franklin and Marshall College, USA.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-21

    Osborne, Elizabeth (et al.)

  • Restoring Names, Stories, and Voices for Cinematographic Maids: Toward a New Poetics of Domestic Service in Recent Argentine Films

    Pages 23-51

    Rossi, María Julia

  • Moving Beyond Maternalism: Negotiating Models of Womanhood in La nana, Cama adentro, and Hilda

    Pages 53-74

    Osborne, Elizabeth

  • Leftovers No More: Affect, Food, and Power in Recent Latin American Films on Domestic Work

    Pages 75-97

    Vázquez, Karina Elizabeth

  • Serious Camp: Juan Gabriel’s Queer Repertoire in ¿Qué le dijiste a Dios?

    Pages 99-120

    Cosentino, Olivia

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Domestic Labor in Twenty-First Century Latin American Cinema
Editors
  • Elizabeth Osborne
  • Sofía Ruiz-Alfaro
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33296-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33296-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-33295-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 242
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations
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