Legacies of the Past

Memory and Trauma in Mexican Visual and Screen Cultures

Edited by Niamh Thornton, Miriam Haddu

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Examines how trauma haunts the spaces and places of Mexican film and visual culture
  • Case studies include Flor en Otomi, El Atentado, Los Poquianchis and Ausencias
  • Covers a neglected area in Mexican film and visual studies
  • A decade-long period of commemoration in Mexico (2010-2020) makes it a timely moment for reflection on memory and traumas of the past
  • Engages in an interdisciplinary investigation of space and the spectral

Riven with unresolved traumas and appropriated by successive governments, the past haunts spaces in Mexican film and visual culture. These events, without consensus or a singular/unifying narrative, act like spectres haunting the present. To comprehend how they manifest, Legacies of the Past considers how filmmakers and visual artists have found ways of understanding these haunted spaces.

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List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Legacies of the Past: Memory and Trauma in Mexican Visual and Screen CultureNiamh Thornton

1. On the Commemoration of Mexico ‘68: Los agachados de Rius, número especial de los cocolazos de julio-agosto-septiembre y octubre quién sabe si tambor...Chris Harris

2. 1976 and 1968: Felipe Cazals and Servando González Grapple with the Aftermath and the ArchiveNiamh Thornton

3. Spectres of Mexico’s ‘Dirty Wars: Gendered Haunting and the Legacy of Women’s Armed Resistance in Mexican Documentary FilmViviana MacManus

4. Stages for an Assassination: Roles of Cinematic Landscape in Jorge Fons’ El atentado (2010) and Carlos Bolado’s Colosio: el asesinato (2012)Maximiliano Maza-Pérez

5. Aliens as Superheroes: Science Fiction, Immigration and the Photography of Dulce PinzónCatherine Leen

6. #YoSoy132 as a Continuation of the 1968 LegacyJessica Wax-Edwards

7. Loss and Mourning in Documentary: Tatiana Huezo’s Ausencias (2015)Miriam Haddu

8. Teresa Margolles’ Work with Space: Ruins, Resonances and the Echo of the AbsentJulia Banwell

Notes on the Contributors

Legacies of the Past offers a timely examination of the ways memory and trauma dominate Mexican visual and screen cultures. Bringing together essays on filmmakers, photographers, cartoonists, multi-media artists and student protestors, Haddu and Thornton make a remarkable contribution to understandings of representations of traumatic moments (1968, 1994 2006 and 2012) in Mexico’s past.
Dolores Tierney, University of Sussex
Dr Niamh Thornton is Reader in Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool.

Dr Miriam Haddu is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London

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