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Christopher Breu and Elizabeth A. Hatmaker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823287802

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823287802.001.0001

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Peripheral Noir, Mediation, and Capitalism: Noir Form, Noir Mediascape, Sociological Noir

Peripheral Noir, Mediation, and Capitalism: Noir Form, Noir Mediascape, Sociological Noir

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(p.137) Chapter 6 Peripheral Noir, Mediation, and Capitalism: Noir Form, Noir Mediascape, Sociological Noir
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Noir Affect
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Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287802.003.0007

This chapter reframes noir from the semi-peripheral space of Mexican cinema. The chapter studies noir in Mexican cinema and literature in the context of the history of Fordist capitalism, American-style modernization, and contemporary neoliberalism. Drawing on readings of a range of different films, the chapter charts the historical arc of Mexican noir as a cultural form that captures the affective registers of Mexican capitalist modernity on three levels: first, fear and loss in relation to the tension between capitalism and tradition in post-revolutionary Mexico; second, a globalization of affective registers as noir connects Mexican to transnational circuits of affect and emotion; third, the creation of an affective polity through the deployment of sentimentalism and melodrama as part of the emergent mediatization and commoditization of the masses’ affects in the new urban settings.

Keywords:   affect, film, melodrama, Mexican cinema, modernization, nation, neoliberalism, noir

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