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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Brent
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-02T15:23:13Z
dc.date.available2011-07-02T15:23:13Z
dc.date.issued2011-07-02
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/12829
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the production of Latin America as a space in Hollywood films in the context of neoliberal hegemony and the shifting power relations of late capitalist globalization. Drawing on Edward Said’s notion of ‘imaginative geographies’ I examine the way in which Hollywood representations of Latin America have constructed a spatio-temporal imaginative geography of the Americas that structures US knowledge of Latin America, arguing that these representations form part of a neocolonial discourse that legitimates neoliberal economic expansion and direct US military or political intervention in Latin America. In contemporary US film, this geographic imaginary is produced through representations of Latin America as an undeveloped and primitive, alternatively utopian or dystopian, space. In this way, these films also tend to reproduce the Enlightenment ideology of history as a progressive, ordered whole – albeit in a new postmodern form that constructs a split-temporality in which history has ended for the West while the rest of the world is conceived of as still existing in the linear, progressive time of Enlightenment historical rationality – and spatialize this linear temporality, creating the US as the telos of historical development and Latin America as existing in a state of stunted development in a pre-modern historical era.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectGlobalizationen_US
dc.subjectNeoliberalismen_US
dc.subjectLatin Americaen_US
dc.subjectFilmen_US
dc.subjectUnited Statesen_US
dc.subjectColonialityen_US
dc.subjectImaginative Geographyen_US
dc.subject.lcshLatin America--In motion pictures
dc.subject.lcshNeoliberalism--United States
dc.subject.lcshMotion pictures and globalization
dc.titleHollywood's Other America: Neoliberalism, US Hegemony, and the Construction of an Imaginative Geography of the Americas in Contemporary US Filmen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeComparative Literature and Cultural Studiesen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literaturesen_US
dc.description.advisorSchroeter, Katja
dc.description.committee-memberLehnen, Leila
dc.description.committee-memberStone, James


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