Affectual Erasure: Representations of Indigenous Peoples in Argentine Cinema

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 Comprehensive examination of how Indigenous peoples have been represented in Argentine film.
Affectual Erasure examines how Argentine cinema has represented Indigenous peoples throughout a period spanning roughly a century. Cynthia Margarita Tompkins interrelates her discussion of films with the ethnographic context of the Indigenous peoples represented and an analysis of the affective dimensions at play. These emotions underscore the inherent violence of generic conventions, as well as the continued political violence preventing Indigenous peoples from access to their ancestral lands and cultural mores. Tompkins explores a broad range of movies beginning in the silent period and includes both feature films and documentaries, underscored by archival and contemporary film stills. She traces the initial erotic projection, moving through melodrama to the conventions of the Western, into the 1960s focus on decolonization, superseded by allegorical renditions and the promise of self-expression in late twentieth-century documentaries. Each section includes an introduction to the sociohistorical events of the period and their impact on film production. Analyzed chronologically, the films evidence different stages in the projection of the hegemonic Argentine imaginary, which fails to envision the daily life of Indigenous peoples prior to conquest or in colonial times—and remains in denial of their existence in the present.

“Cynthia Margarita Tompkins’s book is the most comprehensive analysis of the cinematic representations of Argentinean Indigenous peoples ever written. Her writing is lucid, insightful, grounded in a thorough familiarity with the films, and aware of the most current theoretical debates in film/theory and cultural studies. The book will surely become a breakthrough in its field.” — Santiago Juan-Navarro, author of Archival Reflections: Postmodern Fiction of the Americas (Self-Reflexivity, Historical Revisionism, Utopia)
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About the author

 Cynthia Margarita Tompkins is Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University and the author of Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Aug 23, 2018
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Pages
398
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ISBN
9781438470986
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Latin America / South America
PERFORMING ARTS / Reference
Performing Arts / Film / General
Performing Arts / Film / History & Criticism
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
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