Date of Award

2021

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

Romance Languages

First Advisor

Jorge Téllez

Abstract

A focus on the novel and film from Mexico provides analysis of the contemporary experimental tradition. Representations of intersectional feminism, gender, anti-racism, and critical regionalism in the contemporary novel and film from Mexico signal to new understandings of the current avant-garde. A selection of novels by Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Cristina Rivera Garza, Marisol Ceh Moo, and Mario Bellatin suggests that the importance of social justice rests in intermedial and bilingual novelwriting. Films by Mario Novaro, Pedro González Rubio, Camila Balzaretti, Pepe Perruccio and Lorena Barrera outline cinema that demonstrates concern for people’s well-being. Critical theory by Irmgard Emmelhainz exposes neoliberal influences on society, art, and the lives of women in Mexico. The compound of both form and narrative makes it possible to analyze the experimental according to reoccurring patterns. The conjunction “form and narrative” identifies the aesthetic (either it be literary or filmic, for example, prose or close-ups) and the storyline (the points of view and the topics considered). The contemporary experimental in the Mexican novel and film question both of these attributes; consequently, the form and narrative informed by social concerns start to read, view, and sound different at first. As the experimental begins to be published and screened more often, patterns subsequently appear: the experimental in Mexico is making those connections possible in order to signal to the most urgent social justice concerns. Hence, the decision to complicate form and narrative simultaneously to present critical solutions demonstrates the intentionality of the experimental.

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