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Paul Merchant

Paul Merchant

Department: Centre of Latin American Studies

Supervisor: Dr Joanna Page

College: St John's

AHRC Subject Area: Modern Languages

Title of Thesis: Ideas of home in contemporary Argentine and Chilean cinema


Biography:

 

I gained a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) from the University of Cambridge in 2013. In the following academic year I completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies, writing a dissertation on Roberto Bolaño and coursework essays on César Aira, Alejo Carpentier, and contemporary Argentine film.

My PhD research examines how recent documentary and fiction films from Argentina and Chile destabilize notions of 'home', examining afresh the porous boundaries between the private and the public, the material and the imaginary, and between nature and culture. The films thus prompt questions on subjectivity and community, the role of media and technology, and on gender and sexuality.

Other research interests

The fiction of Roberto Bolaño and Julio Cortázar, the thought of Jean-Luc Nancy, post-dictatorship memory in the Southern Cone, modern and contemporary Latin American poetry.