Introduction

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Abstract

Coup films made between 1980 and 2010 construct public memory and negotiate a new nation and a new citizen. Deploying conventional metaphors such as childhood and the child, they denounce socio-political authoritarianism and economic liberalization, advocating instead a democratic social order based on humanistic values. During the three decades since 1980, coup films evolved from obscure artistic experiments to mainstream films and television productions favored by large audiences. Their stylistic evolution corresponds to larger changes in the cultural landscape. Despite limits to the coverage of controversial events, mass culture products such as films and television serials offer an underutilized academic perspective for understanding interactions between state and society. The chapters in this book provide synopses, and contextualize and discuss films and serials thematically.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of World Languages and LiteraturesPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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