The Latin American (Counter-) Road Movie and Ambivalent Modernity

  • Nadia Lie

Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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    Pages 1-30
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    Pages 31-61
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    Pages 63-93
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    Pages 95-121
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    Pages 179-208
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-245

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive and systematic overview of the flourishing genre of the contemporary Latin American road movie, of which Diarios de motocicleta and Y tu mamá también are only the best-known examples. It offers the first systematic survey of the genre and explains why the road movie is key to contemporary Latin American cinema and society. Proposing the new category of “counter-road movie,” and paying special attention to the genre’s intricate relationship to modernity, Nadia Lie charts the variety of the road movie through films by both renowned and emerging filmmakers. The Latin American (Counter-) Road Movie and Ambivalent Modernity engages with ongoing debates on transnationalism and takes the reader along a wide range of topics, from exile to undocumented migration, from tourism to internally displaced people.


Road Film Latin American Cinema Migration Transnational Studies Globalization

Authors and affiliations

  • Nadia Lie
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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