Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture

Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture

by Frances Negron-Muntaner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814758177

ISBN-13: 9780814758175

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

Boricua Pop is the first book solely devoted to Puerto Rican visibility, cultural impact, and identity formation in the U.S. and at home. Frances Negrón-Muntaner explores everything from the beloved American musical West Side Story to the phenomenon of singer/actress/ fashion designer Jennifer Lopez, from the faux historical chronicle Seva to

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Boricua Pop is the first book solely devoted to Puerto Rican visibility, cultural impact, and identity formation in the U.S. and at home. Frances Negrón-Muntaner explores everything from the beloved American musical West Side Story to the phenomenon of singer/actress/ fashion designer Jennifer Lopez, from the faux historical chronicle Seva to the creation of Puerto Rican Barbie, from novelist Rosario Ferré to performer Holly Woodlawn, and from painter provocateur Andy Warhol to the seemingly overnight success story of Ricky Martin. Negrón-Muntaner traces some of the many possible itineraries of exchange between American and Puerto Rican cultures, including the commodification of Puerto Rican cultural practices such as voguing, graffiti, and the Latinization of pop music. Drawing from literature, film, painting, and popular culture, and including both the normative and the odd, the canonized authors and the misfits, the island and its diaspora, Boricua Pop is a fascinating blend of low life and high culture: a highly original, challenging, and lucid new work by one of our most talented cultural critics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814758175
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Pages:
337
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

1Weighing in theory : Puerto Ricans and American culture3
21898 : the trauma of literature, the shame of identity33
3Feeling pretty : West side story and U.S. Puerto Rican identity58
4From Puerto Rico with Trash : Holly Woodlawn's A low life in high heels87
5The writing on the wall : the life and passion of Jean-Michel Basquiat115
6Flagging Madonna : performing a Puerto Rican-American erotics145
7Rosario's tongue : Rosario Ferre and the commodification of island literature179
8Barbie's hair : selling out Puerto Rican identity in the global market206
9Jennifer's butt : valorizing the Puerto Rican racialized female body228
10Ricky's hips : the queerness of Puerto Rican "white" culture247
Postscript : words from the grave273

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