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Cannibalizing the Colony
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The years 1992 and 2000 marked the 500-year anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish and the Portuguese in America and prompted an explosion of rewritings and cinematic renditions of texts and figures from colonial Latin America. Cannibalizing the Colony analyzes a crucial way that Latin American historical films have grappled with the legacy of colonialism. It studies how and why filmmakers in Brazil and Mexico—the countries that have produced most films about the colonial period in Latin America—appropriate and transform colonial narratives of European and indigenous contact into commentaries on national identity. The book looks at how filmmakers attempt to reconfigure history and culture and incorporate it into present-day understandings of the nation. The book additionally considers the motivations and implications for these filmic dialogues with the past and how the directors attempt to control the way that spectators understand the complex and contentious roots of identity in Mexico and Brazil.

Table of Contents

  1. cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Chapter One Re-creating Caminha
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. Chapter Two Exoticizing the Nation in Cabeza de Vaca (1991) and Como era gostoso o meu franc
  2. pp. 47-78
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  1. Chapter Three Reimagining Guadalupe in Nuevo mundo (1976) and La otra conquista (1998
  2. pp. 79-108
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  1. Chapter Four Sor Juana In
  2. pp. 109-140
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  1. Chapter Five Inverted Captivities and Imagined Adaptations in Brave Gente Brasileira (2000) and Caramuru: A Inven
  2. pp. 141-176
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  1. Epilogue The Unwieldy Dynamics of Anthropophagous Adaptations
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-234
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 235-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-263
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  1. About the Author
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