Latin Looks: Latino Images in the Media / Edition 1

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What are "Latin looks"? A Latin look may seem at first blush to be something that everyone recognizes-brunette, sensual, expressive, animated, perhaps threatening. But upon reflection, we realize that these are the images that are prevalent in the media, while the reality in Latino communities is of a rich diversity of people and images. This book brings together a selection of the best, the most interesting, and the most analytically sophisticated writing on how Latinos have been portrayed in movies, television, and other media since the early years of the twentieth century and how images have changed over time in response to social and political change. Particular emphasis is given to representations of class, gender, color, race, and the political relationship between the United States and Latin America. Together the essays offer a corrective lens for interpreting how images are created, perpetuated, and manipulated.

"Collection of essays provides a sustained critique of stereotypical images and representations of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in US film, television, and printed media. Authors of individual chapters are experts in media and/or performance studies. Contributes to a better understanding of Latino cultural experiences in US society"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813327662
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Clara E. Rodriguez is associate professor of sociology at Fordham University.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Out of the Picture: Hispanics in the Media 21
2 Hispanic Voices: Is the Press Listening? 36
3 Distorted Reality: Hispanic Characters in TV Entertainment 57
4 Visual Retrospective: Latino Film Stars 80
5 Citizen Chicano: The Trials and Titillations of Ethnicity in the American Cinema, 1935-1962 85
6 Stereotyping in Films in General and of the Hispanic in Particular 104
7 Chicanas in Film: History of an Image 121
8 From Assimilation to Annihilation: Puerto Rican Images in U.S. Films 142
9 West Side Story: A Puerto Rican Reading of "America" 164
10 Keeping It Reel? Films of the 1980s and 1990s 180
11 From the Margin to the Center: Puerto Rican Cinema in New York 188
12 Unofficial Stories: Documentaries by Latinas and Latin American Women 200
13 Type and Stereotype: Chicano Images in Film 214
14 Two Film Reviews: My Family/Mi Familia and The Perez Family 221
15 Hispanic-Oriented Media 225
16 Promoting Analytical and Critical Viewing 240
17 Questions and Reflections About the Readings in This Book 254
18 What We Can Do 261
References 271
About the Book and Editor 275
About the Contributors 277
Index 279
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