The faces of Che, Frida, Evita, Carmen Miranda, and other icons represent Latin America both to a global public that sees these faces constantly reproduced, and to Latin Americans themselves. They enter the circulation machines of Hollywood, or work as nostalgic definitions of a nation, or define a post-national condition. They become stereotypes as they go global, and the often melodramatic stories that cling to them give them a different sort of power than the one they had in their original contexts. Latin American Icons, from critics both in the United States and in Latin America, ask these faces questions; they describe the technologies and propaganda machines, whether the newspapers of Revolutionary Mexico (or Paris and New York) or the movie studios of Argentina and Mexico, which gave them power in their local context; and they return their original histories to those faces that have become abstract symbols of The Rebel or The Spitfire or The Tortured Artist. In equal parts idolatry and iconoclasm, Latin American Icons recognises and interrogates those Latin Americans who have become larger than life.
In trying to understand the meaning of iconic figures in modern Latin America, this volume ranges across every realm of political and cultural life - populist politicos, jet-setting ambassador-playboys, soccer players and superstars - to examine the complex play at work in the making and re-making of celebrities within and across national borders.
Table of Contents: Introduction: Reflections on Iconicity, Celebrity, and Cultural Crossings - Patrick O'Connor and Dianna C. Niebylski Pancho Villa: Icon of Insurgency - Brian Gollnick Eva Peron: Excerpts from The Passion and the Exception - Beatriz Sarlo From Korda's Guerrillero Heroico to Global Brand: Ernesto "Che" Guevara - J. P. Spicer-Escalante Joaquin Murrieta and Lola Casanova: Shapeshifting Icons of the Contact Zone - Robert McKee Irwin Tango International: Carlos Gardel and the Breaking of Sound Barriers - Rielle Navitski Lupe Velez Before Hollywood: Mexico's First Iconic 'Modern Girl' - Kristy Rawson From Hollywood and Back: Dolores Del Rio, a Trans(National) Star - Ana M. Lopez Carmen Miranda as Cultural Icon - David William Foster Porfirio Rubirosa: Masculinity, Race, and the Jet-Setting Latin Male - Lizabeth Paravasini-Gebert and Eva Woods-Peiro The Face of a Nation: Norma Aleandro as Argentina's Post-Dictatorial Middle Class Icon - Janis Breckenridge and Becquer Medak-Seguin The Neoliberal Stars: Salma Hayek, Gael Garcia Bernal, and the Post-Mexican Film Icon - Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado Diego Armando Maradona: Life, Death and Resurrection (with One Act to Follow) - Juan Villoro Fetishizing Frida - Margaret Lindauer Afterword. The Afterlife of Icons and the Future of Iconology
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