Blood Runs: The Circulation of Argentine Horror Cinema in Argentina and the United States Public Deposited

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  • Risner, Jonathan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • The following dissertation focuses on six Argentine horror films available in the United States and Argentina and how the films' circulation in two national markets is reflected in multiple sociopolitical allegories concerning both countries. 9/11, the War in Iraq, legacies of Argentina's Dirty War (1976-83), the neoliberalization and 2001 economic collapse of Argentina, and the city/country divisions figure into the movies as scenes or fragments of scenes. The six films use well-known horror cinema motifs to not only help the films be recognized as horror by U.S. and Argentine consumers, but also to portray the aforementioned events in a different light. The films tender new modes of seeing national and global crises and contribute to cultural and political discourses on topics such as violence, memory, urban decay, citizenship, and the failure of government institutions.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the department of English and Comparative Literature.
  • DeGuzmán, María

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