Dr Rachel Randall

BA Hons (Nott), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

  • BS8 1TE

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Research interests

My research interests encompass Latin American cultural studies. My current project, which was funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, examines the depiction of paid domestic workers in post-dictatorship Latin American cultural production, including in film, documentary, literary testimony and digital culture. It interrogates the legacy of slavery that weighs on the relationships between domestic workers and the families that employ them by drawing on postcolonial theory and studies of cinematic affect. The research will be published as a book entitled Paid to Care: Domestic Workers in Contemporary Latin American Culture by the University of Texas Press.

My first book, Children on the Threshold in Contemporary Latin American Cinema (Lexington Books, 2017), explores the representation of children and adolescents in contemporary Brazilian, Chilean and Colombian film. The project relates the adoption of a children’s rights discourse in these countries since the 1990s to recent attempts to evoke children’s agency and subjectivity on screen. It also examines the relationship between childhood and the social construction of gender, innocence and national identity.

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