Wild Tongues: Transnational Mexican Popular Culture

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Tracing the configuration of the slapstick, destitute Peladita/Peladito and the Pachuca/Pachuco (depicted in flashy zoot suits) from 1928 to 2004, Wild Tongues is an ambitious, extensive examination of social order in Mexican and Chicana/o cultural productions in literature, theater, film, music, and performance art.

From the use of the Peladita and the Peladito as stock characters who criticized various aspects of the Mexican government in the 1920s and 1930s to contemporary ...

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Overview

Tracing the configuration of the slapstick, destitute Peladita/Peladito and the Pachuca/Pachuco (depicted in flashy zoot suits) from 1928 to 2004, Wild Tongues is an ambitious, extensive examination of social order in Mexican and Chicana/o cultural productions in literature, theater, film, music, and performance art.

From the use of the Peladita and the Peladito as stock characters who criticized various aspects of the Mexican government in the 1920s and 1930s to contemporary performance art by María Elena Gaitán and Dan Guerrero, which yields a feminist and queer-studies interpretation, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz emphasizes the transnational capitalism at play in these comic voices. Her study encompasses both sides of the border, including the use of the Pachuca and the Pachuco as anti-establishment, marginal figures in the United States. The result is a historically grounded, interdisciplinary approach that reimagines the limitations of nation-centered thinking and reading.

Beginning with Daniel Venegas’s 1928 novel, Las aventuras de don Chipote o Cuando los pericos mamen, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz’s Wild Tongues demonstrates early uses of the Peladito to call attention to the brutal physical demands placed on the undocumented Mexican laborer. It explores Teatro de Carpa (tent theater) in-depth as well, bringing to light the experience of Mexican Peladita Amelia Wilhelmy, whose “La Willy” was famous for portraying a cross-dressing male soldier who criticizes the failed Revolution. In numerous other explorations such as these, the political, economic, and social power of creativity continually takes center stage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292754270
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Chicana Matters
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz is Associate Professor of Spanish and Transnational Mexican Literature and Culture at Trinity University. Her areas of interest are Mexican and Chicana/o literatures and cultures, gender and sexuality, as well as theater and performance studies.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: Wild Tongues/Lenguas Necias
Chapter 1: From the Carpa to the Novel: The Peladito in Las aventuras de Don Chipote, o Cuando los pericos mamen
Chapter 2: Las Peladitas: Gender and Humor in Teatro de Carpa
Chapter 3: Transnational Pachucada: Artistic Representations in Film, Theater, and Music across the Border
Chapter 4: Of Wild Tongues and Restless Bodies: María Elena Gaitán's Performance Art
Chapter 5: Beyond the Comfort Zone: Dan Guerrero's ¡Gaytino!
Conclusion: Connecting the Past with the Present
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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