The Grammar of Justice

  • Sarah Ann Wells University of Wisconsin--Madison
Keywords Human rights, visual arts, narrative, film, Latin America
Keywords Human rights, visual arts, narrative, film, Latin America


Review of Fernando J. Rosenberg. After Human Rights: Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Latin

America, 1990-2010. Pittsburgh: Cultural Formations of the Americas Series, 2016.

Author Biography

Sarah Ann Wells, University of Wisconsin--Madison

Sarah Ann Wells' research and teaching interests include modernism and the avant-gardes, science fiction, labor, translation, Latin American studies, and film and media history. Her book, Media Laboratories: Late Modernist Authorship in South America (Northwestern University Press, 2017), examines late modernist literature in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay through its relationship to formerly new media such as cinema, radio, and the typewriter. I trace the transformation of the figure of the author during the period, from the avant-garde emphasis on originality and rupture to its late modernist reconfiguration as spectator and user. With Jennifer Feeley, she's also co-editor of Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema (University of Minnesota, 2015). Her second book project, tentatively titled "The Labor of Images: Work, Anti-Work, and Post-Work in Brazilian Cinema," seeks to understand the materialization of cinema on labor in the age of labor’s immateriality. Taking as a starting point the labor films that emerged in the late 1970s to capture Latin America’s largest industrial strikes, this study explores their afterlives in contemporary documentary and fiction film, analyzing how cinema is uniquely poised to engage the problem of labor’s global dimensions. Sarah Ann was recently awarded an ACLS Fellowship for The Labor of Images.

Reviews: Memory and Human Rights