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Generic formations in contemporary Latin-American crime film

Grant number: 21/05701-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Cinema
Principal Investigator:Pedro Maciel Guimarães Junior
Grantee:Luiz Felipe Rocha Baute
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):23/14806-9 - Generic formations in contemporary Latin-American crime film: aesthetics and identities, BE.EP.DR   23/14805-2 - Generic formations in contemporary Latin-American crime film: transnational perspectives and methods, BE.EP.DR


This research project proposes a study of the production, distribution, and reception of crime films in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, from the perspective of the world-systems analysis, which divides the global production into center, semi-periphery and periphery, since the year 2000 to the contemporary. We will use the referred world-systems perspective, formulated by Immanuel Wallerstein, and applied to the arts by Franco Moretti, to identify the relations between the Latin-American periphery and the Hollywood center. We argue that generic processes can be better understood as part of an ample phenomenon, considering them as cultural forms in constant transformation. Therefore, we will analyze Argentine, Brazilian, and Mexican works and examine their results with the more general data collected about the local and regional generic systems. For that, we will also use the methodology of cultural materialism and, especially, the concept of 'selective tradition' - both developed by Raymond Williams. Throughout the study of specific crime films, we will also discuss the artistic and social impacts of this genre in the contemporary productive and cultural processes. (AU)

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