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Struggles for Recognition

Melodrama and Visibility in Latin American Silent Film

Juan Sebastián Ospina León

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Struggles for Recognition traces the emergence of melodrama in Latin American silent film and silent film culture. In this deeply archival investigation, Juan Sebastián Ospina León examines how melodrama visualized and shaped the social arena of urban modernity in early twentieth-century Latin America. Analyzing sociocultural contexts through film, this book demonstrates the ways in which melodrama was mobilized for both liberal and illiberal ends, revealing or concealing social inequities from Buenos Aires to Bogotá to Los Angeles. Ospina León critically engages Euro-American and Latin American scholarship seldom put into dialogue, offering an innovative theorization of melodrama relevant to scholars working within and across different national contexts.

University of California Press, 9780520305434, 252pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2021



About the Author

Juan Sebastián Ospina León is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at the Catholic University of America.