Tex[t]-Mex Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America

ISBN-10: 0292714572
ISBN-13: 9780292714571
Edition: 2006
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Description: A rogues' gallery of Mexican bandits, bombshells, lotharios, and thieves saturates American popular culture. Remember Speedy Gonzalez? "Mexican Spitfire" Lupe Vlez? The Frito Bandito? Familiar and reassuring-at least to Anglos-these Mexican  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 12/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A rogues' gallery of Mexican bandits, bombshells, lotharios, and thieves saturates American popular culture. Remember Speedy Gonzalez? "Mexican Spitfire" Lupe Vlez? The Frito Bandito? Familiar and reassuring-at least to Anglos-these Mexican stereotypes are not a people but a text, a carefully woven, articulated, and consumer-ready commodity. In this original, provocative, and highly entertaining book, William Anthony Nericcio deconstructs Tex[t]-Mexicans in films, television, advertising, comic books, toys, literature, and even critical theory, revealing them to be less flesh-and-blood than "seductive hallucinations," less reality than consumer products, a kind of "digital crack."Nericcio engages in close readings of rogue/icons Rita Hayworth, Speedy Gonzalez, Lupe Vlez, and Frida Kahlo, as well as Orson Welles' film Touch of Evil and the comic artistry of Gilbert Hernandez. He playfully yet devastatingly discloses how American cultural creators have invented and used these and other Tex[t]-Mexicans since the Mexican Revolution of 1910, thereby exposing the stereotypes, agendas, phobias, and intellectual deceits that drive American popular culture. This sophisticated, innovative history of celebrity Latina/o mannequins in the American marketplace takes a quantum leap toward a constructive and deconstructive next-generation figuration/adoration of Latinos in America.

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Prefatory Palabras
Backstory: A Decidedly Odd Tale of What Happened
When Hollywood Killed Vaudeville, Postcards Boomed, and the United States Invaded Mexico Seductive Hallucination
Gallery 1
An Interstice. Being the First of Several Summary Interruptions of the Drearily Semantic in Favor of the Deliciously Semiotic, a Frontera of Sorts
Hallucinations of Miscegenation and Murder: Dancing along the Mestiza/o Borders of Proto-Chicana/o Cinema with Orson Welles's Touch of Evil
When Electrolysis Proxies for the Existential: A Somewhat Sordid Meditation on What Might Occur if Frantz Fanon
Her Name at the Tex[t]-Mex Beauty Parlor
Autopsy of a Rat: Sundry Parables of Warner Brothers Studios, Jewish American Animators, Speedy Gonzales, Freddy Loacute;pez, and Other Chicano/Latino Marionettes Prancing about Our First World Visual Emporium
Parable Cameos
Lupe Veacute;lez Regurgitated; or, Jesus's Kleenex: Cautionary, Indigestion-Inspiring Ruminations on "Mexicans" in "American" Toilets Seductive Hallucination
An Interstice the Second. Being a Second Archive of Visual Pathogens
XicanOsmosis: Frida Kahlo and Mexico in the Eyes of
Conclusion: (with apologies to
Notes
Bibliography
Credits
Index

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