Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Cultural Dyslexia and the Politics of Cross-cultural Excursion in Claudia Llosa's Madeinusa

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2013), 90, (4), 489–503.

Abstract

Claudia Llosa's controversial Madeinusa (2006) has inspired unprecedented debate in the Peruvian media and blogosphere. Despite being the most awarded film in the history of Peruvian cinematography, it was disparaged by local left-leaning critics and intelligentsia, who accused Llosa of perpetuating racist colonial stereotypes of primitive and perverted natives. This essay examines the highly politicized debate surrounding Madeinusa and re(views) the film within a postcolonial feminist framework. In this reading the murderous impulse of the young indigenous protagonist is seen not as a sign of an evil and abject native but as a radical act of self-realization.

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Palaversich, Diana