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Latin American Writers and the Rise of Hollywood Cinema by Jason Borge

Latin American Writers and the Rise of Hollywood Cinema

Part of the Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature Series


Latin American Writers and the Rise of Hollywood Cinema by Jason Borge

This book analyzes the initial engagement with Hollywood by key Latin American writers and intellectuals during the first few decades of the 20th century. The film metropolis presented an ambiguous, multivalent sign for established figures like Horacio Quiroga, Alejo Carpentier and Mario de Andrade, as well as less renowned writers like the Mexican Carlos Noriega Hope, the Chilean Vera Zouroff and the Cuban Guillermo Villarronda. Hollywood's arrival on the scene placed such writers in a bind, as many felt compelled to emulate the artistry of a medium dominated by a nation posing a symbolic affront to Latin American cultural and linguistic autonomy as well as the region's geopolitical sovereignty. The film industry thus occupied a crucial site of conflict and reconciliation between aesthetics and politics.

About the Author

Jason Borge is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses on Latin American literature, cultural studies and film. His previous publications include Avances de Hollywood: critica cinematografica en Latinoamerica, 1915-1945 (Hollywood Advances: Latin American Film Criticism, 1915-1945), Beatriz Viterbo, 2005.

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Publication date

13th June 2010


Jason Borge

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


10 pages


Films, cinema



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