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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. Juan Sebastián Ospina León draws on extensive archival research to reveal 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.

Praise For Struggles for Recognition: Melodrama and Visibility in Latin American Silent Film

"Struggles for Recognition, given its subject, scope, and method, will be of interest to melodrama scholars; film scholars, particularly historians; and scholars of Latin American cultural studies."

— Film Quarterly

"A solid and enlightening piece of scholarship that makes an important contribution to film studies and the history of twentieth-century Latin America more broadly."

— Hispanic American Historical Review

University of California Press, 9780520305434, 266pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2021

About the Author

Juan Sebastián Ospina León is an Independent Scholar.