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The New Cinema Going to the Dogs? The Encounter with Animal Otherness in the Film El aura

Gundermann, Christian

Journal of Latin American cultural studies -- Routledge -- Volume: 23 1; (pages 17-31) -- 2014

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  • Title:
    The New Cinema Going to the Dogs? The Encounter with Animal Otherness in the Film El aura
  • Author: Gundermann, Christian
  • Found In: Journal of Latin American cultural studies. Volume 23:Number 1(2014); 20140102; 17-31
  • Journal Title: Journal of Latin American cultural studies
  • Subjects: Civilization; Civilisation; LCSH: Civilization; Dewey: 306.098
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract:

    This paper explores the topic of animal alterity in Argentinian cinema in general, but primarily in Fabián Bielinsky'sEl aura. Through one of its much overlooked main characters, a wolfish dog, and her relationship with the human protagonist, this thriller develops a dialogue with the excluded and repressed visual subject status of animals. Historicizing this visual paradigm as originating in Renaissance perspectivism, and theorizing it alongside the gendered category of castration anxiety and the representation of women as to-be-looked-at-ness in film, this essay proposes thatEl aurareworks these traditions and comes to an innovative, even radical, conclusion about the possibilities of the human in relation to other, non-human forms of subjectivity. The dog fills the gap, and alters the parameters, of the missing femme fatale, if we read the film as pertaining to the noir (or neo-noir) genre. In its treatment of the relationship between the canine and human protagonists, it also reorients the viewer, thematically as much as esthetically, with regards to hegemonic binary categories such as active/passive, good/evil, predator/prey, and strong/weak. This article engages centrally with recent scholarship on human-animal relations.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1356-9325
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
    5010.104000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100033021613.0x000001

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