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Velvet barrios : popular culture & Chicana/o sexualities

Author: Alicia Gaspar de Alba
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Series: New directions in Latino American cultures.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In Chicano/a popular culture, nothing signifies the working class, highly-layered, textured, and metaphoric sensibility known as "rasquache aesthetic" more than black velvet art. The essays in this volume examine that aesthetic by looking at icons, heroes, cultural myths, popular rituals, and border issues as they are expressed in a variety of ways. The contributors dialectically engage methods of popular cultural  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN: 1403960968 9781403960962 1403960976 9781403960979
OCLC Number: 51031021
Description: xxviii, 325 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction, or, Welcome to the closet of barrio popular culture / Alicia Gaspar de Alba --
A Chicana hagiography for the twenty-first century : Ana Castillo's Locas santas / Rita Cano Alcalá --
In search of the authentic pachuco : an interpretive essay / Arturo Madrid --
The "macho" body as social malinche / Gabriel S. Estrada --
Deconstructing the mythical homeland : Mexico in contemporary Chicana performance / Laura Gutiérrez --
A poverty of relations : on not "making familia from scratch," but scratching familia / Ralph Rodríguez --
"Tanto tiempo disfrutamos ..." : revisiting the gender and sexual politics of Chicana/o youth culture in East Los Angeles in the 1960s / Dionne Espinoza --
The verse of the godfather : signifying family and nationalism in Chicano rap and hip-hop culture / Richard T. Rodríguez --
Revisiting the Chavez ravine : baseball, urban renewal, and the gendered civic culture of postwar Los Angeles / Eric Avila --
La quinceañera : making gender and ethnic identities / Karen Mary Davalos --
Only cauldrons know the secrets of their soups : queer romance and Like water for chocolate / Miguel A. Segovia --
Cruising through low rider culture : Chicana/o identity in the marketing of Low rider magazine / Denise Michelle Sandoval --
Rights of passage : from cultural schizophrenia to border consciousness in Cheech Marín's Born in East L.A. / Alicia Gaspar de Alba --
Gendered bodies and borders in contemporary Chican@ performance and literature / Suzanne Chávez-Silverman --
Lost in the cinematic landscape : Chicanas as lloronas in contemporary film / Domino Renee Pérez --
"Lupe's song" : on the origins of Mexican-woman-hating in the United States / Deena J. González --
Resisting "beauty" and Real women have curves / María P. Figueroa --
Out of the fringe : desire and homosexuality in the 1990s Latino theater / M. Teresa Marrero --
Velvet malinche : fantasies of "the" Aztec princess in the Chicana/o sexual imagination / Catrióna Rueda Esquibél --
"Los borrados" : a Chicano quest for identity in a post-apocalyptic, culturally defunct Hispanic utopia : a reinterpretive Chicano comic / Oscar "The Oz" Madrigal.
Series Title: New directions in Latino American cultures.
Responsibility: edited by Alicia Gaspar de Alba ; foreword by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto.
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In Chicano/a popular culture, nothing signifies the working class, highly-layered, textured, and metaphoric sensibility known as "rasquache aesthetic" more than black velvet art. The essays in this volume examine that aesthetic by looking at icons, heroes, cultural myths, popular rituals, and border issues as they are expressed in a variety of ways. The contributors dialectically engage methods of popular cultural studies with discourses of gender, sexuality, identity politics, representation, and cultural production. In addition to a hagiography of "locas santas," the book includes studies of the sexual politics of early Chicana activists in the Chicano youth movement, the representation of Latina bodies in popular magazines, the stereotypical renderings of recipe books and calendar art, the ritual performance of Mexican femaleness in the quinceañera, and mediums through which Chicano masculinity is measured.

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