Politically Animated: Non-fiction Animation from the Hispanic World
Published: October 2023© 2023
268 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 29 colour illustrations, 4 b&w illustrations
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Politically Animated studies the convergence of animation and actuality within films, television series, and digital shorts from across the Spanish-speaking world. It interrogates the many ways in which animation as a stylistic tool and storytelling device participates in political projects underpinning an array of non-fiction works.
The case studies in the book cover a diverse geographical scope, including Spain, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. They critically analyse different works such as feature-length animated documentary films, a work of animated journalism, a short-animated essay, and micro-short episodes from a televised animated documentary series. Jennifer Nagtegaal employs the term "politically animated" in reference to the ideological implications of choosing specific techniques and styles of animation within certain socio-historical and cultural contexts.
Nagtegaal illuminates the creative union of animated documentary and the comics medium currently being exploited by Spanish and Latin American cartoonists and filmmakers alike. By paying particular attention to cultural production beyond the big screen, Politically Animated continues to stretch the bounds of animated documentary scholarship.
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Towards Expansion and Liberation in the Field of Animated Documentary
1. Animating Agency: Children’s Articulated and Embodied Politics in Jairo Carrillo and Oscar Andrade’s Pequeñas voces / Little Voices (2010)
2. What’s in a(n) “Cómic Animado” (Animated Comic)? Poetics, Politics, and Personal Myths of Peronism in María Seoane’s Eva de la Argentina / Eva from Argentina (2011)
3. Animating Autobiography: Historical Memory and Catharsis in Manuel H. Martín’s Graphic Novel Documentary 30 años de oscuridad / 30 Years of Darkness (2012)
4. Simply A-musing: Aleix Saló’s Españistan / Spainistan (2011) as Animated Journalism in Spain’s Comic Public Sphere
5. Tracing Cultural Continuities: Rotoscope, Archons, and Archive 2.0 in Victor Orozco’s Essayistic Reality 2.0 (2012)
6. In Uncharted Waters and Totally Unmoored: The Transmedial Documentary Project Cuentos de viejos / Old Folks’ Tales (2013)
"Reflecting an impressive theoretical grasp of an area of screen culture whose interdisciplinary contours are complex and shifting at a fast pace, Jennifer Nagtegaal’s timely study of non-fiction animation from Spain and Latin America showcases close reading at its very best: an inestimable scholarly asset adroitly deployed across the book’s several case studies, which are expertly attuned not only to the medium’s engagement with the sociopolitical but also to matters of sound, music, motion, eye movement, colour, line style, and a host of other audiovisual dimensions of the animated form."Matthew J. Marr, Associate Professor of Spanish, Pennsylvania State University
"What a wonderfully illuminating and rich book! Nagtegaal expertly balances engaging prose with academic precision as she refocuses animated documentary discourse on politics and Hispanic cinema. This book is a fantastic addition to the field that pushes it forward in new and exciting directions and offers a very welcome corrective to the Anglocentric tendencies of existing scholarship."Annabelle Honess Roe, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Surrey
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