Listening to Salsa Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures

ISBN-10: 0819563080

ISBN-13: 9780819563088

Edition: N/A

Authors: Frances R. Aparicio

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For Anglos, the pulsing beats of salsa, merengue, and bolero are a compelling expression of Latino/a culture, but few outsiders comprehend the music's implications in larger social terms. Frances R. Aparicio places this music in context by combining the approaches of musicology and sociology with literary, cultural, Latino, and women's studies. She offers a detailed genealogy of Afro-Caribbean music in Puerto Rico, comparing it to selected Puerto Rican literary texts, then looks both at how Latinos/as in the US have used salsa to reaffirm their cultural identities and how Anglos have eroticized and depoliticized it in their adaptations. Aparicio's detailed examination of lyrics shows how these songs articulate issues of gender, desire, and conflict, and her interviews with Latinas/os reveal how they listen to salsa and the meanings they find in it. What results is a comprehensive view "that deploys both musical and literary texts as equally significant cultural voices in exploring larger questions about the power of discourse, gender relations, intercultural desire, race, ethnicity, and class."
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Frances R. Aparicio is professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

List of Illustrations
The Danza and the Plena: Racializing Women, Feminizing Music
A Literary Prelude
A White Lady Called the Danza
A Sensual Mulatta Called the Plena
Desiring the Racial Other: Rosario Ferre's Feminist
Reconstructions of Danza and Plena
The Plural Sites of Salsa
A Postmodern Preface
Situating Salsa
Ideological Negotiations: Between Hegemony and Resistance
Cultural (Mis)Translations and Crossover Nightmares
Dissonant Melodies: Singing Gender, Desire, and Conflict
Theoretical Pretexts: Listening (as) Woman
Woman as Absence: Hetero(homo)sexual Desire in the Bolero
Patriarchal Synecdoches: Of Women's Butts and Feminist Rebuttals
Singing the Gender Wars
Singing Female Subjectivities
Asi Somos, Asi Son: Rewriting Salsa
Listening to the Listeners: An Introduction
Asi Son: Construction Woman
Asi Somos: Rewriting Patriarchy
Index of Songs and Recordings
General Index
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