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Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture

Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture

by Michelle Habell-Pallan, Beverly Moran


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Habell-Pallan (ethnic studies, U. of Washington, Seattle) examines the spread of Chicano/a and Latino/a popular culture—spoken word, performance art, comedy, theater, and music—within and beyond the hemisphere to understand the role played by such work in the construction of new cultural forms and identities. Coverage includes the historical context of the Spanish Fantasy Heritage; the writing of Marisela Norte and feminist transnational identities; playwright and performance artist Luis Alfaro; Puerto Rican and Cuban American comedy performance, and the work of Marga Gomez; Jimmy Mendiola's 1996 film, Pretty Vacant; the music of Chicano performer El Vez; and Chicana performance in Canada. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814736623
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Michelle Habell-Pallán is an Associate Professor in the Women Studies Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the co-editor with Mary Romero of Latino/a Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2002).

Table of Contents

1 From the Shadows of the Spanish Fantasy Heritage to a Transnational Imaginary
2 “No Cultural Icon”: Marisela Norte and Spoken Word—East L.A. Noir and the U.S./Mexico Border
3 The Politics of Representation: Queerness and the Transnational Family in Luis Alfaro’s Performance
4 Translated/Translating Woman: Comedienne/Solo Performer Marga Gomez, “Sending All Those Puerto Ricans Back to Mexico,” and the Politics of a Sexualized Location
5 “¿Soy Punkera, Y Que?”: Sexuality, Translocality, and Punk in Los Angeles and Beyond
6 Bridge over Troubled Borders: The Transnational Appeal of Chicano Popular Music
Epilogue: “Call Us Americans, ’Cause We Are All from the Américas”: Latinos at Home in Canada
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Loca Motion is a work of intelligent exuberance. Michelle Habell-Pallán has the eyes, ears, and heart to read popular performance, culture, and music as the new archives of Chicana and Latina transnational and translocal histories.”
-Lisa Lowe,UC San Diego

“Forget about Ricky Martin and Shakira, here come El Vez and Marga Gomez. Habell-Pallán has produced a highly original study of Chicano/Latino popular culture and of its local, national and international dimensions by taking us into the world of alternative and experimental Chicano/Latino art.”
-Arlene Davila,author of Barrio Dreams

“Offers insight into the dynamics of race, class, gender and sexuality.”
-Hispanic LInk Weekly Report

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