Politically Animated: Non-fiction Animation from the Hispanic World
Published by: University of Toronto Press
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Sales Date: 2023-09-19
Published: September 2023
268 Pages, 6.00 x 9.10 x 0.90 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)