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For Anglos, the pulsing beats of salsa, merengue, and bolero are a compelling expression of Latino/a culture, but few outsiders comprehend the music's implications in larger social terms. Frances R. Aparicio places this music in context by combining the approaches of musicology and sociology with literary, cultural, Latino, and women's studies. She offers a detailed genealogy of Afro-Caribbean music in Puerto Rico, comparing it to selected Puerto Rican literary texts, then looks both at how Latinos/as in the US have used salsa to reaffirm their cultural identities and how Anglos have eroticized and depoliticized it in their adaptations.
Aparicio's detailed examination of lyrics shows how these songs articulate issues of gender, desire, and conflict, and her interviews with Latinas/os reveal how they listen to salsa and the meanings they find in it. What results is a comprehensive view "that deploys both musical and literary texts as equally significant cultural voices in exploring larger questions about the power of discourse, gender relations, intercultural desire, race, ethnicity, and class."
"Insightful study of Afro-Caribbean salsa music among Puerto Ricans relates different meanings in salsa lyrics to issues of gender, race, class, and national identities, both in Puerto Rico and Latino communities in the US. Aparicio, a literary critic, uses a postmodern approach to analyze diverse musical texts"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
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PART I THE DANZA AND THE PLENA: RACIALIZING WOMEN, FEMINIZING MUSIC
A Literary Prelude
A White Lady Called the Danza
A Sensual Mulatta Called the Plena
Desiring the Racial Other: Rosario Ferré’s Feminist
Reconstructions of Danza and Plena
PART II THE PLURAL SITES OF SALSA
A Postmodern Preface
Ideological Negotiations: Between Hegemony and Resistance
Cultural (Mis)Translations and Crossover Nightmares
PART III DISSONANT MELODIES: SINGING GENDER, DESIRE, AND CONFLICT
Theoretical Pretexts: Listening (as) Woman
Woman as Absence: Hetero(homo)sexual Desire in the Bolero
Patriarchal Synecdoches: Of Women’s Butts and Feminist Rebuttals
Singing the Gender Wars
Singing Female Subjectivities
PART IV ASÍ SOMOS, ASÍ SON: REWRITING SALSA
Listening to the Listeners: An Introduction
Así Son: Construction Woman
Así Somos: Rewriting Patriarchy
Index of Songs and Recordings
Posted January 2, 2011
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