First-Person Documentary and the New Political Subject: Enunciation, Recent History, and the Present in New Argentine Cinema
In his groundbreaking study of “autobiography in film and video” (as per the author’s own description of his work), Michael Renov speaks of the emergence of a new subjectivity in documentary productions of the 1980s and 1990s as the construction of “a self, typically a deeply social self” (2004, 178). What is new about this subjectivity, he explains, is that it does not reject the collective: “current documentary self-inscription enacts identities—fluid, multiple, even contradictory—while remaining fully embroiled with public discourses” (178). This process accounts for the surfacing of new identities in the cinematic sphere of American post-modernity: gay and lesbian, African American, and immigrant or exilic identities will be of particular interest to Renov. Although it goes beyond a study of the inscription of identity politics in the American documentary, The Subject of Documentary could be seen as the most accomplished articulation of a poetics and rhetoric of postmodern documentary, in a context “in which politics were not so much abandoned as transformed” (171).
KeywordsCollective Identity State Terrorism Political Subject Reversed Mirror Image Documentary Production
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Andermann, Jens. 2012. New Argentine Cinema. London: I B Tauris.Google Scholar
- Bruzzi, Stella. 2006. New Documentary. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Eco, Umberto.  1989. The Open Work. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
- Garibotto, Verónica and Antonio Gómez. 2006. “Más allá del ‘formato memoria’: la repostulación del imaginario postdictatorial en Los rubios de Albertina Carri.” A contracorriente 3 (2): 107–126.Google Scholar
- Hirsch, Marianne. 1997. Family Frames: Photography, Narrative and Postmemory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
- Kohan, Martín. 2004. “La apariencia celebrada.” Punto de vista 78: 24–30.Google Scholar
- Martín Barbero, Jesûs. 2006. “Nuevas visibilidades políticas de la ciudad y visualidades narrativas de la violencia.” Revista de Crítica Cultural 33: 6–11.Google Scholar
- Noriega, Gustavo. 2009. Estudio crítico sobre Los rubios. Buenos Aires: PicNic.Google Scholar
- ANTONIO GÔMEZGoogle Scholar
- Renov, Michael. 2004. The Subject of Documentary. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
- Romero, Luis Alberto. 2003. La crisis argentina: una mirada al siglo XX. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI.Google Scholar