The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory

The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory

by Catherine S. Ramírez, Catherine Sue Ramírez, Catherine Ramírez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822343037

ISBN-13: 9780822343035

Pub. Date: 01/16/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The Mexican American woman zoot suiter, or pachuca, often wore a V-neck sweater or a long, broad-shouldered coat, a knee-length pleated skirt, fishnet stockings or bobby socks, platform heels or saddle shoes, dark lipstick, and a bouffant. Or she donned the same style of zoot suit that her male counterparts wore. With their striking attire, pachucos and pachucas…  See more details below

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The Mexican American woman zoot suiter, or pachuca, often wore a V-neck sweater or a long, broad-shouldered coat, a knee-length pleated skirt, fishnet stockings or bobby socks, platform heels or saddle shoes, dark lipstick, and a bouffant. Or she donned the same style of zoot suit that her male counterparts wore. With their striking attire, pachucos and pachucas represented a new generation of Mexican American youth, which arrived on the public scene in the 1940s. Yet while pachucos have often been the subject of literature, visual art, and scholarship, The Woman in the Zoot Suit is the first book focused on pachucas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822343035
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,231,228
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xxi

A Note on Terminology xxv

Introduction: A Genealogy of Vendidas 1

1 Domesticating the Pachuca 25

2 Black Skirts, Dark Slacks, and Brown Knees: Pachuca Style and Spectacle during World War II 55

3 Saying "Nothin'": Pachucas and the Languages of Resistance 83

4 La Pachuca and the Excesses of Family and Nation 109

Epilogue: Homegirls Then and Now, from the Home Front to the Front Line 137

Notes 149

Bibliography 197

Index 225

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