Travels and Borders in the Representation of the U.S.-Mexico Border: Cartographies in Alejandro González Iñárritu´s Film Babel

By Victor Carreno.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Although for centuries travel has been an activity of exploration of borders, territories and cultures, it has intensified in recent years. A culture of mass migration has, now, more than ever before, been extended throughout the world. In the context of multinational space, the individual is immersed in a world marked by the logic of disorientation. Fredric Jameson´s use of “cognitive maps” in the representation of urban space sheds light on the paradox of how this space has become irrepresentable. Using Jameson´s and other theories related to travel and cartography, I will analize the representation of the U.S.-Mexico border in the film Babel, by Mexican director Alexander González Iñárritu. In this film local and peripheral cultures confront global and metropolitan displacements, leading to conflicts and misunderstandings that are distorted by the media. Against this main current, the film offers a different cultural perspective, a politics of perception of others that goes beyond prejudices.

Keywords: Travel and Borders

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.265-274. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.250MB).

Dr. Victor Carreno

Professor, Facultad Experimental de Arte, Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela

I was born on 1968 in Venezuela. I received my M.A. at Columbia University, 1999. I received my Ph.D at Columbia University, 2004. My book La voz del resentimiento: lenguaje y violencia en Miguel de Unamuno (The Voice of Ressentment: Language and Violence in Miguel de Unamuno) (2006), was awarded the Monte Avila Editores prize for essay. I have published peer reviewed articles in different journals in Venezuela, Spain and the U.S. I am interested in the representation of exile and borders in the Latin American Literature and Arts.

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