Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America / Edition 1

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Overview

The function of dance in Latin/o American culture is the focus of the essays collected in Everynight Life. The contributors interpret how Latin/o culture expresses itself through dance, approaching the material from the varying perspectives of literary, cultural, dance, performance, queer, and feminist studies. Viewing dance as privileged sites of identity formation and cultural resistance in Latin/o America, Everynight Life translates the motion of bodies into speech, and the gestures of dance into a provocative socio-political grammar.
This anthology looks at many modes of dance—including salsa, merengue, cumbia, rumba, mambo, tango, samba, and norteño—as models for the interplay of cultural memory and regional conflict. Barbara Browning’s essay on capoeira, for instance, demonstrates how dance has been used as a literal form of resistance, while José Piedra explores the meanings conveyed by women of color dancing the rumba. Pieces such as Gustavo Perez Fírmat’s "I Came, I Saw, I Conga’d" and Jorge Salessi’s "Medics, Crooks, and Tango Queens" illustrate the lively scope of this volume’s subject matter.

Contributors. Barbara Browning, Celeste Fraser Delgado, Jane C. Desmond, Mayra Santos Febres, Juan Carlos Quintero Herencia, Josh Kun, Ana M. López, José Esteban Muñoz, José Piedra, Gustavo Perez Fírmat, Augusto C. Puleo, David Román, Jorge Salessi, Alberto Sandoval

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822319191
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Latin America Otherwise Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,450,708
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Celeste Fraser Delgado is Music Editor at the weekly New Times in Miami. José Esteban Muñoz is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

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Table of Contents

About the Series
Preface: Politics in Motion 3
Rebellions of Everynight Life 9
Embodying Differences: Issues in Dance and Cultural Studies 33
Headspin: Capoeira's Ironic Inversions 65
Hip Poetics 93
Medics, Crooks, and Tango Queens: The National Appropriation of a Gay Tango 141
Salsa as Translocation 175
Notes toward a Reading of Salsa 189
Una verdadera cronica del Norte: Una noche con la India 223
I Came, I Saw, I Conga'd: Contexts for a Cuban-American Culture 239
Caught in the Web: Latinidad, AIDS, and Allegory in Kiss of the Spider, Woman, the Musical 255
Against Easy Listening: Audiotopic Readings and Transnational Soundings 288
Of Rhythms and Borders 310
Bibliography 345
Index 359
Contributors 365
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