Jose, Can You See?: Latinos on and off Broadway

Overview

In two acts, complete with overture and intermission, Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez shines his spotlight on representations and stereotyping of Latinos on stage. In act one, José Can You See? scans the way Latinos get typecast on Broadway and in popular culture—from enduring icons like Carmen Miranda and Desi Arnaz to full-scale musicals like West Side Story and A Chorus Line.
    In act two Sandoval-Sánchez offers a fresh perspective on how Latinos/as represent ...

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Overview

In two acts, complete with overture and intermission, Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez shines his spotlight on representations and stereotyping of Latinos on stage. In act one, José Can You See? scans the way Latinos get typecast on Broadway and in popular culture—from enduring icons like Carmen Miranda and Desi Arnaz to full-scale musicals like West Side Story and A Chorus Line.
    In act two Sandoval-Sánchez offers a fresh perspective on how Latinos/as represent themselves in their own theatrical productions by introducing a whole body of relatively unknown Latino plays. Suggesting that all these plays pose a response to popular culture’s stereotypes, he discusses the ways in which Hispanic theater both confronts the dangers of assimilation and validates Latino traditions and culture.

"In-depth study of Latino representations and images in theater deconstructs ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual stereotypes ingrained in dominant American ideologies. Also recognizes Latino contributions to the stage"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299162047
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez is professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College and author of Nueva York Tras Bastidores/New York Backstage, a bilingual book of poetry.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Overture: An Introduction to Cultural and Critical Analysis
"Jose, Can You See": An Introduction 3
Act 1 A Critical Reading of Latino/a Representations on Broadway
1 Carmen Miranda and Desi Arnaz: Foundational Images of "Latinidad" on Broadway and in Hollywood 21
2 A Puerto Rican Reading of the America of West Side Story 62
3 A Chorus Line: Not Such a "One, Singular Sensation" for U.S. Puerto Rican Crossovers 83
Intermission
4 An Octopus with Many Legs: U.S. Latino Theater and Its Diversity 103
Act 2 Latino/a Self-Representations in Theatrical Productions
5 Staging AIDS: What's Latinos/as Got to Do with It? 127
6 No More Beautiful Senoritas: Latina Playwrights' Deconstruction of Beauty Myths and Gender Stereotypes 150
7 "There's No Place Like Home": Is It Just a Matter of Clicking Your Heels Together in U.S. Latino Theater? 170
Notes 201
Bibliography 233
Index 259
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