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.  My second monograph about transnationalism across Latin American cinema New Transnationalisms in Contemporary Latin American Cinemas has just been published (2018). It focuses on key directors who have facilitated the recent 'boom' in Latin American cinema (Iñárritu, Del Toro, Cuarón, Meirelles, Salles and Campanella) but also incorporates festival and art house directors (Llosa, Martel, Alonso, Gomes, Aïnouz, Eimbcke, Reygadas) whose work is 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) (2017) 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) (2013). 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.

In 2017/18, in addition to my second monograph I have published a performance study of Gael García Bernal in Motorcycle Diaries (2018). I'm starting work on a new research project on the labour and (in)visbility of Latino/a extras in late sound/early silent Hollywood and a co-edited anthology on Global Exploitation Cinemas. I continue to co-edit Mediático, a collectively authored blog on Latino, Latin American and Iberian media cultures (launched January 2014). The site has recently topped 50,000 readers. Recent posts include a review of Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water

In 2016/2017 I published an anthology chapter on Transnational Filmmaking in South American Cinema and a star study of García Bernal and contemporary Latin American stardom.

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"

 

 

Authored and Co-edited Books:

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

(2014) The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro Palgrave Macmillan co-editor with Deborah Shaw and Ann Davies.

(2009) Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinema and Latin America co-editor with V. Ruétalo, Routledge: London and New York, (re-issued in paperback 2012)

(2007) Emilio Fernández: Pictures in the Margins Manchester University Press: Manchester, (re-issued in paperback in 2011)

Selected Publications (to 2007)

(2018) "Gael García Bernal in Motorcycle Diaries" in Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens (eds). Close Up: Great Screen Performances Vol II. Edinburgh University Press, 296-295.

(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 Revolucion y del melodrama revolucionario en la produccion cinematografica contemporanea y transnacional de Mexico" in Friedhelm Schmidt-Welle and Christian Wehr (eds)  ‘Nation building’ en el cine mexicano desde la Época de Oro hasta el presente Iberoamericana Editorial Vervuert: Madrid, 245-262.

(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.

(2014) “Digital Realisms in Cuba: Eduardo del Llano’s Ten Short Films” Mediático (January) Available at < http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/mediatico/2014/01/27/digital-realisms-eduardo-del-llanos-ten-short-films/>

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

(2013) “Residual Presences of the Revolution(ary Melodrama) in Contemporary Mexican Cinema” Ghosts of the Revolution in Mexican Literature and Visual Culture E. Segre (ed), Peter Lang: Bern, 241-261.

(2012) “Latino Acting on Screen: Pedro Armendáriz Performs Mexicanness in Three John Ford Westerns” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 37.1, 111-134.

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

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

(2009) “Reinventing the Frame: Exploitation and Latin America” with V. Ruétalo in Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas and Latin America Routledge: London and New York, 1-12.

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



 

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)

The Distribution and Exhibition of Popular European Film in British cinema, 1960-1975, Adrian Smith (Defended June 2018)