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Overview

Dangerous Curves traces the visibility of the Latina body in the media and popular culture by analyzing a broad range of popular media including news, media gossip, movies, television news, and online audience discussions.
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Dangerous Curves is an absolutely essential, central, and most insightful component of Latina/o media studies. Molina-Guzman brings together structural, labor, textual, and audience elements to provide a nuanced analysis whose influence will span across communication, media, and Latina/o studies.”-Angharad N. Valdivia,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“This compelling study examines the visibility and marketability of Latina actors and characters in tabloids, blogs, “telenovelas,” movies, and music... [Molina-Guzman] argues that deviation from prescribed images unsettles mainstream viewers, whose notions of identity/sexuality reject foreign or exotic representations.”-Choice,

Dangerous Curves is an unswerving look at the flattening out of Latina lives in mainstream media narratives. A must read for anyone interested in understanding why and under what conditions the slightest tear of a stereotype can be perceived as disruptive of the social fabric.”-Frances Negron-Muntaner,author of Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture

"Dangerous Curves remains an engaging and compelling examination of the conflicting demands placed on Latina bodies in the popular imagination."-Magdalena L. Barrera,Camino Real

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814757369
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 1,084,683
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Molina-Guzmán is Associate Professor of Communications and Latina/o Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Mapping the Place of Latinas in the U.S. Media 1

1 Saving Eli?n: Cubana Motherhood, Latina Immigration, and the Nation 23

2 Disciplining J.Lo: Booty Politics in Tabloid News 51

3 Becoming Frida: Latinidad and the Production of Latina Authenticity 87

4 "Ugly" America Dreams the American Dream 119

5 Maid in Hollywood: Producing Latina Labor in an Anti-immigration Imaginary 151

Conclusion: An Epilogue for Dangerous Curves 175

Notes 183

Bibliography 217

Index 237

About the Author 255

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