Book Review: Latin American Documentary Narratives: The Intersections of Storytelling and Journalism in Contemporary Literature

Latin American Documentary Narratives reflects the robust journalism of the 1960s journalists whose stories present different creative approaches the journalists had to take within censored environments, using literary strategies to reproduce real testimonies. The movements of the Peronist era during the 20th and 21st centuries, like the Tacuara Nationalist Movement and the National Justicialist Movement, have put a halt on journalism and the publication of free press stories in the newspapers, forcing writers to employ metaphors and allegories to indicate the facts. Chávez Diaz’s work provides a glimpse into political instability in the form of narratives, through which she provides insightful research that enriches the readers’ knowledge about recent historical events. Continue reading

‘Beyond the Graphic’ – Considering Violence, Sexuality and Obscenity in Comics: To Protect the Innocent: Does Comic Book Censorship to Prevent Youth Corruption Make Sense?

nvoking the protection of youth as an excuse for censorship is nothing new, but it did reach now infamously ridiculous extremes in the movement to censor American comics in the 1950s. The polemical book Seduction of the Innocent, Fredric Wertham’s treatise on the influence of comic books on juvenile delinquency, was central to this movement and led to the comics industry imposing rigid self-regulated restrictions on all its content in the form of The Comics Code Authority, which only lost its grip totally on the comics industry relatively recently when DC Comics abandoned it in 2011. Continue reading