From Bananas To Buttocks / Edition 1

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Overview

From the exuberant excesses of Carmen Miranda in the "tutti frutti hat" to the curvaceous posterior of Jennifer Lopez, the Latina body has long been a signifier of Latina/o identity in U.S. popular culture. But how does this stereotype of the exotic, erotic Latina "bombshell" relate, if at all, to real Latina women who represent a wide spectrum of ethnicities, national origins, cultures, and physical appearances? How are ideas about "Latinidad" imagined, challenged, and inscribed on Latina bodies? What racial, class, and other markers of identity do representations of the Latina body signal or reject?

In this broadly interdisciplinary book, experts from the fields of Latina/o studies, media studies, communication, comparative literature, women's studies, and sociology come together to offer the first wide-ranging look at the construction and representation of Latina identity in U.S. popular culture. The authors consider such popular figures as actresses Lupe Vélez, Salma Hayek, and Jennifer Lopez; singers Shakira and Celia Cruz; and even the Hispanic Barbie doll in her many guises. They investigate the media discourses surrounding controversial Latinas such as Lorena Bobbitt and Marisleysis González. And they discuss Latina representations in Lupe Solano's series of mystery books and in the popular TV shows El Show de Cristina and Laura en América. This extensive treatment of Latina representation in popular culture not only sheds new light on how meaning is produced through images of the Latina body, but also on how these representations of Latinas are received, revised, and challenged.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292714939
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,356,604
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Myra Mendible is Professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies and English programs at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Embodying "Latinidad": An Overview
Myra Mendible

Section One. Case Studies: Silent and Classic Film Era
1. Film Viewing in Latino Communities, 1896-1934: Puerto Rico as Microcosm
Clara E. Rodríguez
2. Lupe Vélez: Queen of the B's
Rosa Linda Fregoso
3. Lupe Vélez Regurgitated: Cautionary, Indigestion-Causing Ruminations on "Mexicans" in "American" Toilets Perpetrated While Covetously Screening "Veronica"
William A. Nericcio

Section Two. Performing Bodies: Contemporary Film and Music Media
4. Celia's Shoes
Frances Negrón-Muntaner
5. Salma Hayek's Frida: Transnational Latina Bodies in Popular Culture
Isabel Molina Guzmán
6. Is Penelope to J.Lo as Culture Is to Nature? Eurocentric Approaches to "Latin" Beauties
Angharad Valdivia
7. Jennifer Lopez: The New Wave of Border Crossing
Tara Lockhart
8. "There's My Territory": Shakira Crossing Over
Cynthia Fuchs
9. "Hey, Killer": The Construction of a Macho Latina, or the Perils and Enticements of Girlfight
Karen R. Tolchin

Section Three. Sensational Bodies: Discourses of Latina Femininity
10. On the Semiotics of Lorena Bobbitt
Charla Ogaz
11. Disorderly Bodies and Discourses of Latinidad in the Elián González Story
Isabel Molina Guzmán
12. The Body in Question: The Latina Detective in the Lupe Solano Mystery Series
Ana Patricia Rodríguez
13. La Princesa Plástica: Hegemonic and Oppositional Representations of Latinidad in Hispanic Barbie
Karen Goldman
14. Chusmas, Chismes, y Escándalos: Latinas Talk Back to El Show de Cristina and Laura en América
Viviana Rojas

Notes on Contributors
Index

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