Books From Latin American Film, Media and Popular Culture

Arts and Media June 2021 PREMIUM
From the University of Texas Press

This Month We Are Featuring Books On Latin American Culture From Amazon


Author: Edward Lucie-Smith

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN-13: 978-0500204580

In this classic survey, now updated with full-color images throughout, Edward Lucie-Smith introduces the art of Latin America from 1900 to the present day.

Lucie-Smith examines major artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as dozens of less familiar Latin American artists and exiled artists from Europe and the United States who spent their lives in South America, such as Leonora Carrington. The author explains the political background for artistic development and puts  the works in national, cultural, and international context.


Author: Jorge J.E. Gracia

Publisher: Hamilton Books

ISBN-13: 978-0761872139

Although much has been written about Cuba after Castro, relatively little has been written about Cuba before Castro. The political reality of Castro’s Revolution has created a historical void about this period, paying insufficient attention to an important century before 1959.

In this book Jorge J.E. Gracia approaches this situation by telling true stories about some members of his family, who lived during a culturally rich century before Castro.

He hopes to entice historians, academics, tourists and others to pursue a balanced exploration of the island by telling part of their stories.


Author: Philip Swanson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN-13: 978-0340806821 

This guide gives a brief and accessible overview of the whole of Latin American Studies. Covering all the possible topics, from colonial cultures and identity to US Latino culture and issues of race, gender and sexuality, this book situates Latin America in its historical, linguistic and cultural context. Whether taking a single module or a whole degree in Latin American Studies, this book provides students with a reliable companion throughout the course.

The Companion to Latin American Studies includes time-lines, a glossary of terms and annotated suggestions for further reading.


Author:  Edited by Deborah Shaw

Publisher: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers; 1st edition

ISBN-13: 978-0742539150

Written by leading specialists, this engaging and thought-provoking book explores some of the most significant films to emerge from Latin America since 2000, an extraordinary period of international recognition for the region's cinema. Each chapter assesses an individual film, with some contributors considering the reasons for the unprecedented commercial and critical successes of movies such as City of God, The Motorcycle Diaries, Y tu mamá también, and Nine Queens, while others examine why equally important films failed to break out on the international circuit.

Higher Education

Featuring Latin American Film, Media and Popular Culture from the University of Texas Press


Author: Cynthia Tompkins

Publisher: University of Texas Press Press

ISBN Paperback: 987-0-292-76209-1

While there are numerous film studies that focus on one particular way of grouping films—by nationality, era, or technique—here is the first single volume that incorporates all of the above, offering a broad overview of experimental Latin American film produced over the last twenty years.

Analyzing seventeen recent films by eleven different filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru, Cynthia Tompkins uses a comparative approach that finds commonalities among the disparate works in terms of their influences, aesthetics, and techniques.

Experimental Latin American Cinema is also a welcome and insightful addition to Latin American studies as a whole.


Author: Edited by Elizabeth Fox and Silvio Waisbord

Publisher: University of Texas Press Press

ISBN: 978-0-292-72537-9

The globalization of media industries that began during the 1980s and 1990s occurred at the same time as the establishment of or return to democratic forms of government in many Latin American countries. In this volume of specially commissioned essays, thirteen well-known media experts examine how the intersection of globalization and democratization has transformed media systems and policies throughout Latin America.

Following an extensive overview by editors Elizabeth Fox and Silvio Waisbord, the contributors investigate the interaction of local politics and global media in individual Latin American countries. Issues discussed include the privatization and liberalization of the media, among others.


Author: Elizabeth Hill Boone

Publisher:  University of Texas Press Press

ISBN Paperback: 978-1-4773-2167-6 

In the aftermath of the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of Mexico, Spanish friars and authorities partnered with indigenous rulers and savants to gather detailed information on Aztec history, religious beliefs, and culture. The pictorial books they created served the Spanish as aids to evangelization and governance, but their content came from the native intellectuals, painters, and writers who helped to create them. Examining the nine major surviving texts, preeminent Latin American art historian Elizabeth Hill Boone explores how indigenous artists and writers documented their ancestral culture.

Descendants of Aztec Pictography analyzes how the painted compilations embraced artistic traditions from both sides of the Atlantic.


Author: David William Foster

Publisher: University of Texas Press Press

ISBN: 978-1-4773-1085-4

This book examines the graphic narrative tradition in the two South American countries that have produced the medium’s most significant and copious output. Argentine graphic narrative emerged in the 1980s, awakened by Héctor Oesterheld’s 1950s serial El Eternauta. Today its story, depicting an extraterrestrial invasion of Buenos Aires, is read as a parable foretelling the “invasion” of Argentina by a murderous tyranny. In contrast, Brazil produced considerably less analysis of the period of repression in its graphic narratives. Serious graphic narratives such as Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Daytripper, which explores issues of modernity, globalization, and cross-cultural identity, developed only in recent decades.

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