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Issues in Hispanic Cinema, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Duncan Wheeler
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Cuban National Cinema and New Latin American Cinema


Memorias del subdesarrollo (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968, Cuba)

Hora de los hornos [videorecording]. (Fernando Solana and Octavio Getino, 1968, Argentina).

Hasta cierto punto [DVD] (1983) (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1983), or even some of Gutiérrez Alea’s more recent films (Fresa y chocolate, 1993, or Guantanamera [videorecording], 1995).  


Gittings, Christopher E., ‘National Cinema’, Schirmer encyclopedia of film ISBN: 9780028657912 (set) : No price; 0028657918 (set) : No price; 9780028657929 (v. 1) : No price; 0028657926 (v. 1) : No price; 9780028657936 (v. 2) : No price; 0028657934 (v. 2) : No price; 9780028657943 (v. 3) : No price; 0028657942 (v. 3) : No price; 9780028657950 (v. 4) : No price; 0028657950 (v. 4) : No price (Thompson Learning, 2007), available at:

Goldberg, Ruth, ‘Cuba’ (ie. Cuban Cinema, Imperfect Cinema), Schirmer encyclopedia of film ISBN: 9780028657912 (set) : No price; 0028657918 (set) : No price; 9780028657929 (v. 1) : No price; 0028657926 (v. 1) : No price; 9780028657936 (v. 2) : No price; 0028657934 (v. 2) : No price; 9780028657943 (v. 3) : No price; 0028657942 (v. 3) : No price; 9780028657950 (v. 4) : No price; 0028657950 (v. 4) : No price (Thompson Learning, 2007), available at:

Beller, Jonathan, ‘Third Cinema’, New dictionary of the history of ideas ISBN: 0684313774 (set hardcover : alk. paper); 0684313782 (v. 1); 0684313790 (v. 2); 0684313804 (v. 3); 0684313812 (v. 4); 0684313820 (v. 5); 0684313839 (v. 6); 0684314525 (e-book) (Gale, 2005), available at:

D’Lugo, Marvin, Anna M. López and Laura Podalsky, eds. The Routledge companion to Latin American cinema ISBN: 9781138855267 (hardback) (Routledge, 2017).

Chanan, Michael, Cuban cinema ISBN: 9780816634248 (pb : alk. paper); 0816634246 (pb : alk. paper); 0816634238 (alk. paper) (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2003).

Martin, Michael T., ed., New Latin American cinema ISBN: 0814325858; 0814325866 (pbk); 0814327060; 0814327052, Vol 2: ‘Studies of National Cinema’ (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997).

Pick, Zuzana M., The new Latin American cinema : a continental project (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993).

King, John, Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America (London: Verso, 1990).

Hart, Stephen M., A companion to Latin American film ISBN: 1855661063 (hardback : alk. paper) (Woodbridge: Támesis, 2004).

Shaw, Deborah, Contemporary cinema of Latin America : ten key films  (New York: Continuum, 2003).

Elena, Alberto, and Marina Díaz López, eds., The cinema of Latin America ISBN: 1903364833 (pbk) : £15.99; 1903364841 (London: Wallflower, 2003).

Burton, Julianne, Cinema and social change in Latin America : conversations with filmmakers ISBN: 0292724543 (pbk); 0292724535 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986).

Gutiérrez Alea, Tomás, dir., Memories of underdevelopment [videorecording] = Memorias del subdesarrollo, followed by Edmundo Desnoes, Memories of underdevelopment / Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, director. Inconsolable memories ISBN: 0813515378 (pbk) : $14.00 (est.); 081351536X, intro. by Michael Chanan (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990).

Schroeder, Paul, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea : the dialectics of a filmmaker ISBN: 0415936640 (London: Routledge, 2002).

Évora, José Antonio, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea ISBN: 8437614333 (Madrid: Cátedra/Filmoteca Española, 1996).

A recent short film review of Memorias is available here:

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Subnational Cinema: Chicano Cinema

Chicano Culture

Sánchez, Rosaura, Chicano discourse : socio-historic perspectives ISBN: 1558851178 (Houston, TX: Arte Público Press, 1994).

Stavans, Ilan, Spanglish : the making of a new American language ISBN: 9780060087760; 0060087765. (New York: Rayo, 2003).

Allatson, Paul, Key terms in Latino/a cultural and literary studies ISBN: 1405102519 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1405102500 (hbk. : alk. paper); 9781405102506 (hbk. : alk. paper); 9781405102513 (pbk. : alk. paper) (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007).

Rosales, F. Arturo, Chicano! : the history of the Mexican American civil rights movement ISBN: 1558852018 (pbk.) (Houston, TX: Arte Público Press, 1997).

Acuña, Rodolfo, Occupied America : a history of Chicanos ISBN: 0321044851, 4th edn (New York: Longman, 2000).

Sánchez, George J., Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (New York: OUP, 1993).

Anaya, Rudolfo A. & Francisco Lomelí, eds, Aztlán : essays on the Chicano homeland ISBN: 0826312616 (Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1989).

Martínez, Óscar J., ed., U.S.-Mexico borderlands : historical and contemporary perspectives (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996).

Wood, Andrew Grant, On the border : society and culture between the United States and Mexico ISBN: 0842051732 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0842051724 (cloth : alk. paper) (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Books, 2004).

Rodríguez, Gregory, Mongrels, bastards, orphans, and vagabonds : Mexican immigration and the future of race in America (New York: Random House, 2007).

Chicano Cinema & the Representation of Chicanos in US Cinema

Keller, Gary D., ed., Chicano cinema : research, reviews, and resources ISBN: 0916950522 (pbk) (Tempe, Arizona: Bilingual Review/Press, 1985).

Noriega, Chon A., ed., Chicanos and film : representation and resistance ISBN: 0816622183 (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1992).

Fregoso, Rosa Linda, The bronze screen : Chicana and Chicano film culture ISBN: 0816621365; 0816621357 (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1993).

Noriega, Chon A., & Ana M. López, eds, The ethnic eye : Latino media arts ISBN: 0816626758 (pbk ; cased) : No price; 081662674X (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1996).

Noriega, Chon A., Shot in America : television, the state, and the rise of Chicano cinema ISBN: 0816629315 (pbk); 0816629307 (hbk) (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2000).

Ramírez Berg, Charles, Latino images in film : stereotypes, subversion, and resistance (Austin: U of Texas P, 2002).

Nericcio, William Anthony, Tex[t]-Mex : seductive hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America (Austin: U of Texas P, 2006).

Rodríguez, Clara E., Heroes, lovers, and others : the story of Latinos in Hollywood (Washington DC: Smithsonian, 2004).

Rodríguez, Clara E., ed., Latin looks : images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. media (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997).

Zoot Suit

Film: Zoot suit [videorecording]. (Luis Valdez, 1981, USA)

Also see the play version, published under the same title:

Luis Valdez, Zoot suit and other plays (Houston, TX: Arte Público Press, 1992).

Background Reading:

Obregón Pagán, Eduardo, Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon : Zoot suits, race, and riot in wartime L.A. (Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2003).

Broyles-González, Yolanda, El Teatro Campesino : theater in the Chicano movement (Austin: U of Texas P, 1994).

Elam, Harry J., Jr., Taking it to the streets : the social protest theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka (Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1997).


Fregoso, Rosa Linda, ‘Zoot Suit: The ‘Return to the Beginning’, in Mediating two worlds : cinematic encounters in the Americas ISBN: 0851703348 (pbk), ed. by John King and Ana M. López (London: BFI, 1993), pp. 269-78.

Fregoso, Rosa Linda, The bronze screen : Chicana and Chicano film culture (Minneapolis; University of Minnesota Press, 1993).

Noriega, Chon A., ed., in Chicanos and film : representation and resistance (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1992).

Sánchez-Tranquilino, Marcos & John Tagg, ‘The Pachuco’s Flayed Hide: Mobility, Identity, and Buenas Garras’, in Cultural studies ISBN: 0415903459 (pbk); 0415903513, ed. by Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson and Paula A. Treichler (London: Routledge, 1992), pp. 556-70.

Keller, Gary D., ed. Chicano cinema : research, reviews, and resources (Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press, 1985).

Webb, Simon, ‘Masculinities at the Margins: Representations of the Malandro and the Pachuco’, in Imagination beyond nation : Latin American popular culture ISBN: 0822956861; 082294085X, ed. by Eva P. Bueno and Terry Caesar (Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1998), pp. 227-64.

Pizzato, Mark, ‘Brechtian and Aztec Violence in Valdez’s Zoot Suit’, Journal of popular film & television. ISSN: 0195-6051, 26:2 (1998), 52-6.

Martin, Laura, ‘Language Form and Language Function in Zoot Suit and The Border: A Contribution to the Analysis of the Role of Foreign Language in Film’, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 3 (1984), 57-69. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Babcock, Granger, ‘Looking for a Third Space: El Pachuco and Chicano Nationalism in Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit’, in Staging difference : cultural pluralism in American theatre and drama ISBN: 9781453910153 (e-book), ed. by Marc Maufort (New York: Peter Lang, 1995), pp. 215-25.

For a point of comparison with Zoot Suit, consider watching The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (Robert M. Young, 1982, USA).

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Subnational/subaltern cinema: indigeneity and film

In class we will watch excerpts of the following films/documentaries:

You may also want to watch these films/documentaries:


Gleghorn, Charlotte. ‘Indigenous Filmmaking in Latin America’, in A companion to Latin American cinema ISBN: 9781118552889 hardcover; 1118552881 hardcover, ed. by Maria M. Delgado, Stephen M. Hart and Randal Johnson (Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2017), pp. 167-86.

Freya Schiwy, Amalia Córdova, David Wood, and Horacio Legrás, ‘New Frameworks: Collaborative and Indigenous Media Activism’, in The Routledge companion to Latin American cinema ISBN: 9781138855267 (hardback), ed. by Marvin D’Lugo, Anna M. López and Laura Podalsky (Routledge, 2017).

Navarro, Vinicius, and Juan Carlos Rodríguez, eds, New documentaries in Latin America ISBN: 9781137291332 (alk. paper) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Reza, José Luis, ‘Una mirada a cine indígena: autorepresentación y el derecho a los medios audiovisuales’, Cinémas d’Amérique Latine, 21 (2013),

Cusi Wortham, Erica, Indigenous media in Mexico : culture, community, and the state ISBN: 9780822378273 (e-book) (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2013).

Salazar, Juan Francisco, and Amalia Cordova. ‘Imperfect Media: The Poetics of Indigenous Video in Latin America’, in Global indigenous media : cultures, poetics, and politics ISBN: 9780822343080 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780822342915 (cloth : alk. paper), ed. by M. Stewart and P. Wilson (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008), pp. 39-57.

Möller González, Natalia, ‘Estereotipos coloniales y autorrepresentación en el audiovisual indígena: análisis de los documentales mapuches Wallmapu y Regreso a la tierra’, Cuadernos Interculturales ISSN: 0718-0586, 11:20 (2013), 77-102, available at

Review of Ixcanul in Mediático here:

Review of El abrazo de la serpiente in Mediático here:

This list was last updated on 30/10/2017