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Bored to Distraction
Cinema of Excess in End-of-the-Century Mexico and Spain
Bored to Distraction
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Claudia Schaefer - Author
SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
Price: $59.50 
Hardcover - 211 pages
Release Date: October 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5887-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5887-7

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Paperback - 211 pages
Release Date: October 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5888-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5888-4

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Examines how recent Mexican and Spanish films act as untroubling distractions from everyday routines.

Popular culture in the 1990s, especially cinema, can be considered a showcase for the accumulated hopes and fears of the twentieth century. From the promise of material goods to the profusion of despair, from devastating tragedy to exaggerated rapture, a dizzying array of images assaults the eye. Drawing on recent films from Mexico and Spain, Bored to Distraction navigates this visual terrain, from melodrama to horror, looking for what, if anything, might be excessive enough to rouse us from our comfortable everyday routines.

"A very smart, theoretically informed, and provocative discussion of film in the context of a timely analysis of consumer-oriented cultures." — Debra A. Castillo, author of Easy Women: Sex and Gender in Modern Mexican Fiction

"Very well written and quite reader-friendly. Schaefer's theoretical framework is at the cutting edge of the field, and helps identify the place of the traditional cultural paradigm of leisure in the current production of middle class boredom and its economic and ideological ramifications." — Jaume Martí-Olivella, coauthor of The New Catalan Short Story: An Anthology

Claudia Schaefer is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester and the author of Danger Zones: Homosexuality, National Identity, and Mexican Culture and Textured Lives: Women, Art, and Representation in Modern Mexico.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

1. At the Millennium: Boredom Theory and Middle-Class Desires

2. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo's La tarea: Not Your Average Afterschool Special

3. How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Danzón and the Myth of Getting Away from It All

4. Amores perros: Throwing Politics to the Dogs

5. Still Just a Dress Rehearsal?: From Archibaldo de la Cruz to Penélope Cruz

6. The Demonic Side of Modernity: Waiting for Satan at the Movies

7. A Few Last Words: Waiting in the Anteroom of the Twenty-First Century

Notes

Works Cited

Index



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