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Dr Paul Merchant

Dr Paul Merchant

Dr Paul Merchant
MA (Cantab), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

Lecturer in Latin American Film and Visual Culture

Office G67, 15 Woodland Road
15 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 928 9772

Summary

My research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American film and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the countries of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile). 

My recently completed doctoral thesis, 'New Constructions of House and Home in Contemporary Argentine and Chilean Cinema (2005-2015)', explored the political potential of domestic space in recent filmmaking. My new research project examines the cultural significance of the sea in modern Chile, working across a variety of media, from film and digital video to poetry.

I am interested in how cinema relates to other visual media, in the shifting critical frameworks of Latin American studies, and in the intersections between postcolonial theory and the environmental humanities. I am a co-editor (with Lucy Bollington) of the forthcoming volume The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture, which analyses how discourses of humanism and posthumanism have operated in - and have been shaped by - a wide range of literary and visual cultures in the region. 

 

Biography

I joined the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in 2017, after completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge. My doctoral thesis, 'New Constructions of House and Home in Contemporary Argentine and Chilean Cinema (2005-2015)', explored the political potential of domestic space in recent filmmaking. I also completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Cambridge, writing my MPhil dissertation on the fragmentary imagery of the body in the works of Roberto Bolaño. 

My current research investigates the cultural significance of the sea in modern Chile. This is an intermedial project that draws on recent advances in the fields of environmental humanities, film studies and Latin American cultural studies. I am a co-editor (with Lucy Bollington) of the forthcoming volume The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture, which analyses how discourses of humanism and posthumanism have operated in - and have been shaped by - a wide range of literary and visual culture in the region. 

Teaching

I convene undergraduate units on coastal and maritime images in modern Chile, post-dictatorship cinema in the Southern Cone (Year 4), and visual art and politics in the Hispanic world (Year 2). I also contribute to teaching on the Year 1 units 'The Making of the Hispanic World' and 'Critical Concepts in the Study of the Hispanic World', as well as the MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures in the School of Modern Languages. 

Recent publications

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