Chicano Popular Culture Que Hable el Pueblo

ISBN-10: 0816519838
ISBN-13: 9780816519835
Edition: 2001
Authors: Charles M. Tatum
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Over the past several decades,Mexican Americans have made an indelible mark on American culture through the music of bands such as Santana and Los Lobos, films such asZoot Suit,and a wide range of literature, such as Sandra Cisneros'sThe House on Mango Street. Now Charles Tatum introduces students to these and other forms of artistic expression in the first volume to provide a wide-ranging overview of Chicano popular culture. Tatum explores the broad and complex arena of popular culture among Americans of Mexican descent and explains what popular culture can tell them about themselves. Reviewing a range of expressive arts, from traditional forms to electronic media, he explains the differences and similarities between Chicano popular culture and that of other ethnic groups or of Anglo society and shows how Chicano arts reflect a people's traditions and heritage. The book's coverage focuses on five areas of popular culture. It explores Mexican American and Chicano music from the sixteenth century to the present day; cinema, focusing on Chicano films of the past three decades; newspapers, radio, and television, explaining the interrelationship between these media; literature, emphasizing fiction, theater, and poetry of the last thirty years; and fiestas, celebrations, and art, including mural and graffiti art. Tatum provides a brief overview of Mexican American social history, paying particular attention to changing cultural perspectives over the past 150 years and the evolution ofel movimiento chicano. He also introduces theories of popular culture and makes them accessible to students, enabling them to better understand the material covered in the text. No other book offers such a wide-ranging introduction to these cultural expressions of Mexican Americans today.Chicano Popular Cultureinvites readers to share the excitement of these vital arts and, through them, to learn more about the uniqueness of America's fastest-growing minority.Chicano Popular Cultureand Mexican Americans and Health are the first volumes in the seriesThe Mexican American Experience,a cluster of modular texts designed to provide greater flexibility in undergraduate education. Each book deals with a single topic concerning the Mexican American population. Instructors can create a semester-length course from any combination of volumes, or may choose to use one or two volumes to complement other texts.

Charles M. Tatum, PhD, is professor of Spanish and Chicano studies at the University of Arizona. He was for 15 years dean of College of Humanities. He has written and edited several books on Chicana/o literature and popular culture, including Greenwood's "Lowriders in Chicano Culture: From Low to Slow to Show".

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List of Acronyms
Introduction: The Study of Popular Culture
Definitions and Theoretical Approaches to Popular Culture
Definitions of Popular Culture
Theoretical Approaches to Popular Culture
Music
Popular Hispanic Folk Music of the Southwest
Musica Tejana
Chicano Music on the West Coast
Trans-Regional Chicano Music
Cinema
Race and Ethnicity in American Movies
Hollywood's Portrayal of Mexicans and Mexican Americans from the 1910s through the 1970s
Chicano Cinema
Chicano Feature-Length Films Since the 1970s
Hollywood Hispanic Films
The Current State of Chicanos in U.S. Cinema
Chicano Cinema of the Late 1960s through the 1990s
Newspapers, Radio, and Television
Newspapers
Radio
Television
Popular Literature
Popular Writers Pre-1965
The Chicano Movement and the Forming of an Artistic Consciousness
The Ascendancy of Popular Writing by Chicanas
Current Chicano Popular Literature
Art, Celebrations, and Other Popular Traditions
Popular Art
Celebrations
Other Popular Traditions
Conclusion
Works Cited
Index

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