Cannibalizing queer : Brazilian cinema from 1970 to 2015 /

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Author / Creator:Neto, João Nemi, author.
Imprint:Detroit : Wayne State Unviersity Press, [2021]
Description:x, 169 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series:Queer screens
Queer screens.
Subject:Homosexuality in motion pictures.
Homosexuality and motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Brazil.
Homosexualité au cinéma.
Cinéma -- Brésil.
Homosexuality and motion pictures.
Homosexuality in motion pictures.
Motion pictures.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages [145]-159) and index.
Summary:Through an analysis of contemporary Brazilian cinematic production, Cannibalizing Queer: Brazilian Cinema from 1970 to 2015 discusses which queer representations are erased and which are acknowledged in the complex processes of cultural translation, adaptation, and "devouring" that defines the Brazilian understanding of sexual dissidents and minorities. João Nemi Neto argues for Brazilian cinema studies to acknowledge the importance of 1920s modernism and of Antropofagia, a conceptual mode of cannibalism, to adopt and extrapolate a perverse form of absorption and raise the stakes on queer theory and postcolonialism, and to demonstrate how they are crucial to the development of a queer tradition in Brazilian cinema--back cover.
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Taking a thoughtful, interdisciplinary approach that encompasses 1920s Brazilian modernism, queer theory, and film history, Neto (Columbia Univ.) expands understanding of contemporary Brazilian cinema by making visible the contributions of queer bodies and voices. The introduction and first chapter are required reading: there the author offers a theoretical framework that includes an engaging queer reading of Oswald de Andrade's Manifesto antropófago (1928) and the vital influence of the Antropofagia movement in Brazilian culture. This becomes the foundation for the following chapters and trailers that concisely explore cinematic production, representation, and techniques from what Neto identifies as an anthropophagic, queer perspective. Subsequently, weaving together the past and the present, the author delves into a specific exploration of Brazilian author, film director, and cultural critic João Silvério Trevisan (1944--); HIV/AIDS cinematic representation in the 1980s; documentary filmmaking; and the lack of LGBTQIA+ representation on Brazilian screens. This book invites readers to challenge and question queer visibility and representation in Brazilian film and history. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Iliana Portaro, Southern Utah University

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