Research

My research is transnational and transatlantic in its scope, and concerned with the aesthetics and politics of transnational imaging practices between Latin America, the U.S. and Spain.  I have just completed a book about transnationalism across Latin American cinema New Transnationalisms in Contemporary Latin American Cinemas which is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press (March 2018) focusing on key directors who have facilitated the recent 'boom' (Iñárritu, Del Toro, Cuarón, Meirelles, Salles and Campanella) but also incorporating festival and art house directors (Llosa, Martel, Alonso, Gomes, Aïnouz, Eimbcke, Reygadas) who are also impacted by transnational flows of capital and creativity.

I've also written on transnational filmmaking during the classical era focusing in particular on Mexican director Emilio Fernández (2007) and on Fernández's involvement with RKO and its attempts to co-opt the Mexican film industry and its stars in the immediate postwar era (2011).


Within this research on transnationalism in Latin American cinemas and television I have focused on contemporary directors who make deterritorialized cinema (Iñárritu)(2009), as well as on actors from the classical (Pedro Armendáriz) and contemporary (Gael García Bernal) eras who make films across borders and  also looked at television series (the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty la fea) that are translated across borders (to become the ABC 'dramedy' Ugly Betty). In all cases my work explores how creative and discursive strategies (of acting, filmmaking and racial and ethnic representational norms) may shift or indeed remain constant in their journeys across borders due to the ideological and commercial imperatives of the US and other media industries.

2014/2015 academic year I published a co-edited anthology (with Deborah Shaw and Ann Davies) The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro (Palgrave Macmillan) including a chapter on "Transnational Political Horror in Cronos, El espinazo del diablo, and El laberinto del fauno." I also published a co-edited Cinema Journal In Focus (with Ana Lopez) "Latin American Film Research in the Twenty-First Century" including an essay "Mapping Cult Cinema in Latin American Film Cultures" and an InMediaRes post "Reflections on Film Scholarship and the Internet"

In 2016/2017 I have completed the monograph New Transnationalisms in Contemporary Latin American Cinema and a performance study of Gael García Bernal in Diarios de motocicleta and published an anthology chapter on Transnational Filmmaking in South American Cinema and a star study of García Bernal and contemporary Latin American stardom.

 

 

Select recent publications

 

(2017) “Gael García Bernal in Motorcycle Diaries” in Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens (eds.) Close Up: Great Screen Performances Vol II. Edinburgh University Press.

 

(2017) "New Latin American Stardom" with Victoria Ruetalo and Roberto Ortiz in Marvin D'Lugo, Ana M. Lopez and Laura Podalsky (eds), The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema, London and New York: Routledge, 164-180.

(2017) "Transnational Filmmaking in South America" in Rob Stone, Paul Cooke, Stephanie Dennison and Alex Marlowe-Mann The Routledge Companion to World Cinema London and New York: Routledge, 97-110.

(2015) “Presencias remanentes de la Revolución y del melodrama revolucionario en la producción cinematográfica contemporánea y transnacional de México” ‘Nation building’ en el cine mexicano desde la Época de Oro hasta el presente eds. Iberoamericana Editorial Vervuert: Madrid, pp. 245-262.

(2014) "Latin American Film Research in the Twenty-First CenturyCinema Journal 54.1 In Focus section, co-edited and "Introduction" co-authored with Ana M. López.

(2014) “Introduction”“Latin American Film Research in the Twenty-First Century” Cinema Journal54.1, In Focus section co-edited and co-authored with Ana M. López, 112-114.

(2014) “Mapping Cult Cinema in Latin American Film Cultures” Cinema Journal 54.1, 129-135.

(2014) Reflections on Latin American Film Scholarship and the Internet” InMediaRes.

(2014)“Introduction” The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro Palgrave Macmillan: London and New York, co-authored with D. Shaw and A. Davies, 1-8.

(2014) “Transnational Political Horror in Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos (1992), The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)” in D. Shaw and A. Davies co editors, The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro Palgrave Macmillan: London and New York, 161-182.

(2013) 'Ugly Betty's Latina Body: Race, Class and Ethnicity in US Television' Film, Fashion and Consumption 2.1,  pp. 7-24

(2013) 'Residual Presences of the Revolution(ary Melodrama) in Contemporary Mexican Cinema' Ghosts of the Revolution in Mexican Literature and Visual Culture ed. Erica Segre, Peter Lang. pp.241-261.

(2012) 'Latino Acting on Screen: Pedro Armendariz Performs Mexicanness in Three John Ford Westerns' Revista Candiense de Estudios Hispanicos  37.1 pp. 111-134

(2011) "Emilio Fernandez 'in Hollywood': Mexico's Postwar Inter-American Cinema, La perla/The Pearl (1946) and The Fugitive' Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 7.2 (2011) pp. 81-100, 

Edited Anthology

Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinema and Latin America with Victoria Ruetalo, Routledge 2009

Monographs

Emilio Fernandez: Pictures in the Margins Manchester University Press 2007

Forthcoming Monograph

New Transnationalisms in Contemporary Latin American Cinemas Edinburgh University Press (March 2018)

Articles/Book Chapters

"Alejandro González Iñárritu: director without borders " New Cinemas 7.2 (2009) pp.101-117, 

"Re-inventing the Frame: Exploitation and Latin America" (2009) Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinema and Latin America Routledge.

"La imagen digital en Cuba y Colombia" Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos 679, pp. 45-56, (2007)

"Mexploitation/Exploitation: Or, How a crime-fighting, vampire-slaying Mexican wrestler almost found himself in an Italian sword-and-sandals epic." Co-authored with Andrew Syder in Horror International. Eds. Steven Schneider and Tony Williams, Wayne State University Press. (2005)

"Jose Mojica Marins and the Cultural Politics of Marginality in Third World Film Criticism" Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 13:1,  63-78, (2004) *reprinted in Latsploitation eds. Ruetalo and Tierney.

"Gender Relations and Mexican Cultural Nationalism in Emilio Fernández' Enamorada/Woman in Love."Quarterly Review of Film and Video 20.3 July-September  225-236, (2003)

"The Appeal of the Real in Snuff: Alejandro Amenábar's Tesis (Thesis)" Axes To Grind: Re-Imagining The Horrific In Visual Media And Culture, Spectator Special Issue Fall, , 22:2, 45-55, (2002)

"El terror en El beso de la mujer araña" Revista Iberoamericana 68:199, 355-366, (2002) (Translation available "Horror in Kiss of the Spider Woman")

"Tacones plateadas y melodrama mexicano: Danzón y Salón México" Archivos de la Filmoteca 31, 212-227, (Spain) (1999) (Translation of Screen article).

"Silver Sling-Backs and Mexican Melodrama: Danzón and Salón México" Screen 38:4, 360-371, (1997).

 

Current and recent doctoral students are writing/have written on:

La huella de lo audiovisual en la cultura ecuatoriana: memorias perdidas,  Gabriela Alemán (Defended May 2003)

Una Epoca Fatal: Mexican Cinema's Death and Rebirth, 1994-2006, Misha MacLaird (Defended May 2009)

Journeys into Perversion: Vision, Desire and Economies of Transgression in the Films of Jess Franco, Glenn Ward. (Defended May 2011)

Virtual Corporeality: Narrative and Spectacle in Hollywood VR Cinema, Emma Withers. (Defended August 2016)