Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad / Edition 1
Tropicalization, as the editors define it, "means to trope, to imbue a particular space, geography, group, or nation with a set of traits, images, and values" that are circulated and perpetuated through official texts, history, literature, and the media. With bold strokes, this collection outlines how dominant Anglo cultures have, through traditional colonizing discourses, constructed Latin American and Latinas/os in the US. It also examines how Latina/o writers and artists have internalized, appropriated, and transformed these hegemonic definitions. Focusing on literary and aesthetic production, essays explore topics such as the imbalance of power in the trans-cultural relationship, gender-based myths about Latin America and Latina/o sexuality, tensions inherent in contact zones between cultures, and the tropicalization of Cuba from within the US.
Tropical Refractions: Latinidad under the Dominant Gaze In the Heat of the Night: Sexuality (South) of the Border Relocating Hegemony: Tropicalizing Cuba from the United States Si(gh)ting Latinidad: Tropicalized Cultural Locations
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“This cogent and paradigm-shifting intervention in the fields of Latina/o studies, Latin American Studies, American Studies and post-colonial theory provides a valuable critical lexicon and conceptual arsenal to critique colonial practices of exploitation and fetishization. The essays present imaginative and far reaching challenges to colonizing discourses that have been deployed against Latina/os and forge important links between Latin American and Latina/o America.”