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Sonja Fritzsche

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.001.0001

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Maradona on the Moon: Postcolonial Politics and Cultural Hybridity in Argentina’s Goodbye Dear Moon

Maradona on the Moon: Postcolonial Politics and Cultural Hybridity in Argentina’s Goodbye Dear Moon

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(p.211) 12. Maradona on the Moon: Postcolonial Politics and Cultural Hybridity in Argentina’s Goodbye Dear Moon
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The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film
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Mariano Paz

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.003.0013

This chapter discusses the Argentinian film Adiós Querida Luna (Goodbye Dear Moon, dir. Fernando Spiner 2005), the first science fiction production from Argentina to be set entirely in outer space. Drawing in particularly on the work of Néstor García Canclini, the article shows how the film addresses the traumas produced by the neoliberal policies applied in the country during the decade of 1990. I will argue that, by emphasising the processes of hybridisation that characterise modernity in Latin America, the film uses comedy to denounce a postcolonial world order in which Argentina is forced to compete with other nations for a better access to symbolic and financial resources.

Keywords:   Argentinian film, Néstor García Canclini, hybridity, Diego Maradona, postcolonialism, science fiction comedy, Fernando Spiner

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