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Hollywood's Other America: Neoliberalism, US Hegemony, and the Construction of an Imaginative Geography of the Americas in Contemporary US Film

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Hollywood's Other America: Neoliberalism, US Hegemony, and the Construction of an Imaginative Geography of the Americas in Contemporary US Film

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Brent
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-02T15:23:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-02T15:23:13Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-02
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12829
dc.description.abstract This 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.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Globalization en_US
dc.subject Neoliberalism en_US
dc.subject Latin America en_US
dc.subject Film en_US
dc.subject United States en_US
dc.subject Coloniality en_US
dc.subject Imaginative Geography en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Latin America--In motion pictures
dc.subject.lcsh Neoliberalism--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Motion pictures and globalization
dc.title Hollywood's Other America: Neoliberalism, US Hegemony, and the Construction of an Imaginative Geography of the Americas in Contemporary US Film en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures en_US
dc.description.advisor Schroeter, Katja
dc.description.committee-member Lehnen, Leila
dc.description.committee-member Stone, James


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