Matt Losada

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  • Associate Professor
  • Hispanic Studies
  • International Film Studies
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
1133 Patterson Office Tower
859-257-5793
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Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2009)

Biography

I teach and research in the area of modern Latin American culture, with particular interests in 20th-century Argentine film and experimental film. My research also extends to 19th and 20th-century literary texts from throughout Latin America and to Spanish cinema, and has been published in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (forthcoming), Modern Language Notes (forthcoming), Hispanic Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Chasqui, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Hispanófila, Latin American Literary Review, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, Film Quarterly, Cineaste, Cinema Scope, Romance Notes, Senses of Cinema, and Jump Cut. I serve on the Editorial Board of Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana. My Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures is from UC Berkeley (2009).  

 

My book The Projected Nation: Argentine Cinema and the Social Margins (SUNY Press, 2018) examines the representation of national space in Argentine cinema. It opens with an account of canonical 19th-century literary and visual representations of the nation, which frames the subsequent examination of Argentine film from the silent period until the present. The nation’s culture has long tended to marginalize or deny the existence of certain spaces and peoples, and while cinematic representations have often reiterated these denials, at times they have exposed them as such, altering the possibilities of imagining the nation and, as a result, becoming intensely contested. The book’s selection of both canonical and lesser-known films accounts for the varied representations of the nation’s marginal spaces through time and the specific commercial and political pressures that conditioned these.

 

My second book, Before Bemberg: Argentine Women Filmmakers (to be published by Rutgers University Press in 2020), calls into question the historiography on Argentine women filmmakers that has centered on María Luisa Bemberg to the exclusion of her predecessors. Its introductory discussion of the abundant initial participation by women in film production in the 1910s is followed by an account of their exclusion from creative roles in the studio cinema, which was only altered by the opportunities opened by a boom in short filmmaking in the 1960s. The book then discusses in depth the six sound features directed by women before 1980, which, despite their trailblazing explorations of the perspectives of female characters, daring denunciations of authoritarianism and censorship, and modernizing formal invention, have been forgotten by film history.

 

I am currently at work on a third book project, which examines the commercial cinema’s response to the politicized New Cinema of the 1960s. These cinemas are usually examined separately, but by considering them to be in dialog, I have found, for example, that in films starring the pop idol Palito Ortega in the early 1970s, spaces very seldom represented in the national culture before the 1960s but extensively documented by the New Cinema of that decade—the shantytown and the sugar plantation—are depoliticized as traditional idylls where radical labor movements and political militancy would have no reason to exist. Products of this research are an article forthcoming in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and others under review.

 

Selected Publications: 

 

Books

 

  • Before Bemberg: Argentine Women Filmmakers (in production with Rutgers University Press, 2020)

 

 

Articles

 

  • "Migration on Film during the Tucuman Crisis." Forthcoming in Modern Language Notes (March 2020)
  • "Muchacho que vas militando: Stardom, Youth Culture and Politics in Palito Ortega Films of 1970-1975." Forthcoming in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies
  • “Before Bemberg: Eva Landeck, Gente en Buenos Aires and the Gendered Division of Labor in Argentine Cinema.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 50.3 (October 2016): 711-728.
  • "El cine de la Revolucion: Dangerous Spectatorship and Instrumentalization of the Filmic Image in Martin Luis Guzman's El aguila y la serpiente." Hispanofila 175 (2006): 263-272.
  • “Argentine Experimental Film of the 1970s: Narcisa Hirsch and Claudio Caldini.” Film Quarterly 67.1 (2014): 73-76.
  •  “Guillermo Martínez.” The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel. Eds. Corral, Birns and de Castro. London: Continuum, 2013: 366-371.
  • “Margarita Nelken, the Madrid Press and the Ballets russes.”Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea 38.3 (2013): 161-185.
  • La mosca y sus peligros: Science, Affect and the Microscopic Sublime.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 46.3 (2012): 465-480.
  • “Allegories of Authenticity in Argentine Cinema of the 1910s.” Hispanic Review 80.3 (2012): 486-506.
  • “The Chilean Student Movement of 2011: Camila Vallejo and the Media.” Jump Cut 54 (2012). Web.
  • “Pere Portabella’s Umbracle and the Francoist Crusade Narrative.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 13.4 (2012): 339-354.
  • “Argentine Cinema and Rural Space.” Chasqui 40.2 (November 2011): 18-32.
  • “José Val del Omar’s Tríptico Elemental and Other Experiments from Spain.” Cinema Scope 46 (Spring 2011): 47-51.
  •  “Napoleon on the Cauca, or, the Dangers of Reading in Jorge Isaac’s María.” Latin American Literary Review 77 (2011): 64-79.
  • “The Rebranding of Francoism’s Originary Violence in José Antonio Nieves Conde’s Balarrasa.Romance Notes 51.2 (2011): 257-265.
  • “Jean Rouch.Senses of Cinema 57 (2011). Web.
  • “Lucrecia Martel’s La mujer sin cabeza: Cinematic Free Indirect Discourse, Noise-scape and the Distraction of the Middle Class.Romance Notes 50.3 (2010): 307-13.
  • “Iván Zulueta’s Cinephilia of Ecstasy and Experiment.Senses of Cinema 56 (2010). Web.
  • “San Juan de la Cruz in Tactilvisión: The Technological Mysticism of José Val del Omar’s Tríptico elemental de España.” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 7.2 (2010): 101-115.
  • The Secret in Their Eyes: Historical Memory, Production Models, and the Foreign Film Oscar.Cineaste 36.1 (2010). Web.
  • “Fernando Solanas.” Senses of Cinema 55 (2010). Web.
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