My book Ordinary Violence in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film is about cultural responses to intangible violence in contemporary Dominican, Brazilian, and Peruvian literature and film.
In this book, I show that
- Cultural texts can make visible economic, social, or political structures of violence that seem ordinary, or that are normalized through a global discourse of urban progress.
- Contemporary Latin American writers and filmmakers use internal focalization and transrealist representation to reveal that inequality is violence and that it generates further violence.
- Cultural texts can represent violent urban realities without reproducing violence.
- There are messages of resistance inscribed in cultural representations of “ordinary” systemic violence.
My book provides insight on
- The role of culture in building empathy and understanding in intercultural societies.
- How Latin American literature and film subvert the invisibilization and dehumanization of exclusion.
- How cultural texts act as discursive instruments that cause discomfort by destabilizing traditional notions of violence.
- How cultural texts can function as a way to resist traumatic collective suffering.