Journal of Romance Studies

Power(s) in question in the Salta Trilogy by Lucrecia Martel

An intersectional reading

Journal of Romance Studies (2021), 21, (2), 237–261.

Abstract

This article discusses the political and social awareness present in Lucrecia Martel’s Salta Trilogy by applying the concept of intersectionality as an analytical tool. The Trilogy includes the director’s first three arthouse films La ciénaga [The Swamp] (2001), La niña santa [The Holy Girl] (2004) and La mujer sin cabeza [The Headless Woman] (2008). These have more in common than just the setting: they all focus on the micro-politics of interpersonal relations in Salta society as seen from the sharp scalpel of the child’s gaze. From there, intersectional analysis (in the crossing of origin and ‘race’, along the axes of racialized class and of religion and class, as well as in the crossing of origin, religion and age) allows us to unravel how the director challenges reality’s legitimacy by audiovisual means.

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Filmography

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Abrego, Verónica