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Palgrave Macmillan

Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

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  • Provides unique analyses that shape understandings of spatiality as a powerful condition of cinema that can reveal aesthetic, political, social, and historical meanings of the cinematographic image
  • Brings together scholars with approaches that connect to Brazilian Studies, Film Studies, Latin American Studies, Architecture, Cultural Geography, Urban studies, Visual and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and more
  • Offers research that includes, but goes beyond, discussion of favelas (slums) and the sertão (‘backlands’), thus broadening the set of spatial practices and experiences, and the roles of cinematic spaces in the construction of subjectivities in the discussed films
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Screening Spaces (SCSP)

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This collection explores the emergence of new spatialities and subjectivities in Brazilian films produced from the 1990s onwards, a period that became known as the retomada, but especially in the cinema of the new millennium. The chapters take spatiality as a powerful tool that can reveal aesthetic, political, social, and historical meanings of the cinematographic image instead of considering space as just a formal element of a film. From the rich cross-fertilization of different theories and disciplines, this edited collection engages with the connection between space and subjectivity in Brazilian cinema while raising new questions concerning spatiality and subjectivity in cinema and providing new models and tools for film analysis.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Territorialization and Marginal Subjectivities

  2. Intensive Space, Landscape, and Spatial Experience

  3. Queering Spaces

  4. Domestic Spaces and Social Differences


“The organization of this book constitutes a sophisticated understanding of the principles of film as significant cultural production in contemporary Brazil and very much a privileged domain of contemporary Brazilian art. It provides a comprehensive multi-authored volume of essays contemporary Brazilian filmmaking, focused on the point of view of space and subjectivity. It is an excellent book.” (David William Foster, Regents’ Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom

    Antônio Márcio da Silva

  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

    Mariana Cunha

About the editors

Antônio Márcio da Silva currently teaches at the University of Surrey, UK. His publications include The “Femme” Fatale in Brazilian Cinema: Challenging Hollywood Norms (Palgrave 2014), contributions to the edited collections Directory of World Cinema: Brazil and World Film Locations: São Paulo and a number of articles.

Mariana Cunha is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, where she is currently developing a research project on the relationship between landscape and embodiment in contemporary world cinema. She has taught Brazilian studies at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Oxford, UK.

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