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 the

Overview

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.

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


Acknowledgments
Preface
Part I Founding Spectacles
1 Weighing In Theory: Puerto Ricans and American Culture
2 1898: The Trauma of Literature, the Shame of Identity
3 Feeling Pretty: West Side Story and U.S. Puerto Rican Identity
Part II Boricuasin the Middle
4 From Puerto Rico with Trash: Holly Woodlawn’s A Low Life in High Heels
5 The Writing on the Wall: The Life and Passion of Jean-Michel Basquiat
6 Flagging Madonna: Performing a Puerto Rican–American Erotics
Part III Boricua Anatomies
7 Rosario’s Tongue: Rosario Ferré and the Commodi?cation of Island Literature
8 Barbie’s Hair: Selling Out Puerto Rican Identity in the Global Market
9 Jennifer’s Butt: Valorizing the Puerto Rican Racialized Female Body
10 Ricky’s Hips: The Queerness of Puerto Rican “White” Culture
Postscript: Words from the Grave
Notes
Index
About the Author

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