Salome Aguilera Skvirsky, University of Chicago

Assistant Professor Chicago, Illinois skvirsky@uchicago.edu Office: (773) 834-5904

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My research and teaching focuses on Latin American cinema—and in particular on the intersections between Marxism, anthropology, and a cosmopolitan, avant-garde film culture in Latin America. My current book project, “The Aesthetic of Labor: The Process Genre and Latin American Political Cinema,” ...

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My research and teaching focuses on Latin American cinema—and in particular on the intersections between Marxism, anthropology, and a cosmopolitan, avant-garde film culture in Latin America. My current book project, “The Aesthetic of Labor: The Process Genre and Latin American Political Cinema,” argues for the existence of a new critical genre category, which I call the “process genre,” and for Latin America’s distinctive relation to this genre. The process genre characteristically offers a sequential representation of a production process, whether industrial or artisanal. It is the genre for thinking about work itself and work’s relation to the human condition. And although it has a life in other media, the genre achieves its fullest expression in cinema. It is in Latin America that it both manifests its formal achievements and that it interacts in politically revealing ways with debates about developmentalism, modernity, and folklore. Nowhere in the world did the process genre mark the history of a regional cinema as it did in Latin America. The acme of Latin American political new wave cinemas—the New Latin American Cinema—was inaugurated by the process genre.

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