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Generic formations in contemporary Latin-American crime film: aesthetics and identities

Grant number: 23/14806-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 20, 2025
Effective date (End): June 20, 2025
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Cinema
Principal Investigator:Pedro Maciel Guimarães Junior
Grantee:Luiz Felipe Rocha Baute
Supervisor: Maite Conde
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Cambridge, England  
Associated to the scholarship:21/05701-3 - Generic formations in contemporary Latin-American crime film, BP.DR

Abstract

This project advances the expected contributions from a research internship at the University of Cambridge connected to the PhD research I am conducting in Brazil (FAPESP 21/05701-3). Such research aims to study the production, distribution, and reception of crime films in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, from the perspective of the world-systems analysis, which divides global production into core, semi-periphery, and periphery, since the year 2000 to the contemporary. The referred world-systems perspective, formulated by Immanuel Wallerstein, and applied to the arts by Franco Moretti, will be used to identify the relations between the Latin-American periphery and the Hollywood core. I argue that generic processes can be better understood as part of an ample phenomenon, considering them as cultural forms in constant transformation. In this internship, I will investigate crime-related works from the selected countries, analysing their themes and aesthetics, as well as relating them to the conventions of the genre. For that, I will also use the methodology of Cultural Materialism, especially the concept of 'selective tradition' - as developed by Raymond Williams, alongside studies dedicated to Latin American cinema (PAGE, 2011; AMANCIO, 2014; CONDE, SHAW, 2018). Throughout the scrutiny of specific Latin American crime films, the artistic and social impacts of this genre in the contemporary productive and cultural processes will also be discussed. The use of the Centre of Latin American Studies facilities and resources, assisted by Professor Maite Conde's expertise, will undoubtedly strengthen my analysis, and broaden my understanding of Latin American cinema.

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