Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics, and Migration

Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics, and Migration


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Open Borders to a Revolution is a collective enterprise studying the immediate and long-lasting effects of the Mexican Revolution in the United States in such spheres as diplomacy, politics, and intellectual thought. It marks both the bicentennial of Latin America’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, an anniversary with significant relevance for American history. The Smithsonian partnered with several institutions and organized a series of cultural events, among them an academic symposium whose program was envisioned and developed by the editors of this volume: "Creating an Archetype: The Influence of the Mexican Revolution in the United States." The symposium gathered scholars who engaged in conversation and debate on several aspects of U.S.-Mexico relations, including the Mexican-American experience. This volume consolidates the results of those intellectual exchanges, adding new voices, and providing a wide-ranging exploration of the Mexican Revolution.

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ISBN-13: 9781935623120
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jaime Marroquín Arredondo is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). He obtained his PhD in Hispanic Literatures at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with Uruguayan poet Enrique Fierro. He is the author of La Historia de los Prejuicios en América. La Conquista (2007). He just finished a new book, Describing Anahuac: the American Beginnings of Modernity (1492–1590), along with its Spanish version, Los Diálogos de Cristo y la Serpiente Quetzal: México y los Inicios de la Modernidad (1492–1590) (both forthcoming) which is about the Spanish description of American nature at the time of their conquest of La Española and Mexico.

Adela Pineda Franco is an Associate Professor of Spanish American literature in Department of Romance Studies and the Latin American Studies Program at Boston University. Her research interests focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish American literature, culture, and film and on the relationship between politics and culture. She is the author of Geopolíticas de la Cultura Finisecular en Buenos Aires, París y México: Las Revistas Literarias y el Modernismo (2006) and coeditor with Leticia Brauchli of Hacia el País del Mezcal (2002) and, with Ignacio Sánchez, of Alfonso Reyes y los Estudios Latinoamericanos (2004). She was awarded a grant by the US-Mexico Fund for Culture and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is currently at work on a book project on Mexico City, its lettered culture, film, and the Mexican Revolution.

Magdalena Mieri is currently the Director of the Program in Latino History and Culture at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Her role is to organize and implement a variety of programs and to develop collaborations across the museum, and at the local and national levels, to tell the rich stories of Latinos. Before her position at the Museum, she was the Museum Specialist and Director of the Latino Virtual Gallery at the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives. She has been with the Smithsonian Institution since 1992. Ms. Mieri has consulted with museums in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay and Bolivia. Before joining the Smithsonian she was Assistant Curator at the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a Senior Fellow position in the Department of Anthropology, at University of Maryland, College Park, and has taught graduate level courses in the Masters of Museum Education at George Washington University and in the Certificate in Museum Scholarship at the University of Maryland. Ms. Mieri has published a number of articles on museum representation and community museums, her latest published in 2010 in Narratives of Community: Museums and Ethnicity; Museums Etc. Edinburg. Ms. Mieri received her BA in Museum Studies from the Argentine Institute of Museology and her MA in Anthropological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction Adela Pineda Franco Magdalena Mieri Jaime Marroquín Arredondo vii

Section I Traveling Borders

Chapter 1 Interview with John Womack, Jr. Adela Pineda Franco Jaime Marroquín Arredondo 3

Chapter 2 From Antagonism to Accord: The Controversy over the Mexican Revolution in the Political Culture of the United States John A. Britton 7

Chapter 3 Mexico's Revolutionary Art and the United States, 1920-1940: A Friendly Invasion Helen Delpar 41

Chapter 4 Brown, Black, and Blues: Miguel Covarrubias and Carlos Chávez in the United States and Mexico (1923-1953) Mary Kay Vaughan Theodore Cohen 67

Chapter 5 Hollywood Villa and the Vicissitudes of Cross-Cultural Encounters Adela Pineda Franco 91

Chapter 6 Fallen Utopias: The Mexican Revolution in Katherine Anne Porter's María Concepción Flowering Judas Jaime Marroquín Arredondo 111

Chapter 7 Anita Brenner and the Jewish Roots of Mexico's Postrevolutionary National Identity Rick A. López 123

Section II Living Borders

Chapter 8 Mexican Americans and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution Yolanda Padilla 133

Chapter 9 Charting the Legacy of the Revolution: How the Mexican Revolution Transformed El Paso's Cultural and Urban Landscape David Dorado Romo 153

Chapter 10 On the Banks of the Future: Ciudad Juárez and El Paso in the Mexican Revolution Oswaldo Zavala 175

Chapter 11 Reveling in Patriotism: Celebrating America on the U.S.-Mexico Border during the Mexican Revolution Elaine A. Peña 191

Chapter 12 Pancho Villa's Head: The Mexican Revolution in the Chicano Theatrical Imagination Alma Martínez Carranza 213

Chapter 13 An Open Letter from an Artist to a Mexican Crime Cartel Boss Guillermo Gómez-Peña 235

Afterword: Revolutionary Encounters of the Transnational Kind: Cross-Border Collaborations, Border Thinking, and the Politics of Mexican Nation-State Formation Gilbert M. Joseph 239

Contributors 251

Index 257

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