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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.
  • Violencia OrdinariaContemporary 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.
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