Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media
By: Clara E. Rodriguez (author)Paperback
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What are "Latin looks"? A Latin look may seem at first blush to be something that everyone recognizes-brunette, sensual, expressive, animated, perhaps threatening. But upon reflection, we realize that these are the images that are prevalent in the media, while the reality in Latino communities is of a rich diversity of people and images. This book brings together a selection of the best, the most interesting, and the most analytically sophisticated writing on how Latinos have been portrayed in movies, television, and other media since the early years of the twentieth century and how images have changed over time in response to social and political change. Particular emphasis is given to representations of class, gender, color, race, and the political relationship between the United States and Latin America. Together the essays offer a corrective lens for interpreting how images are created, perpetuated, and manipulated.
Clara E. Rodriguez is associate professor of sociology at Fordham University.
* Introduction Latinos On Television And In The News: Absent Or Misrepresented * Out of the Picture: Hispanics in the Media National Council of La Raza. * Hispanic Voices: Is the Press Listening? Jorge Quiroga. * Distorted Reality: Hispanic Characters in TV Entertainment S. Robert Lichter and Daniel R. Amundson. The Silver Screen: Stories And Stereotypes * Visual Retrospective: Latino Film Stars Clara E. Rodrguez. * Citizen Chicano: The Trial and Titillations of Ethnicity in the American Cinema, 19351962 Chon Noriega. * Stereotyping in Films in General and of the Hispanic in Particular Charles Ramrez Berg. * Chicanas in Film: History of an Image Carlos E. Corts. * From Assimilation to Annihilation: Puerto Rican Images in U.S. Films Richie Prez. * West Side Story: A Puerto Rican Reading of America Alberto Sandoval Snchez. * Keeping It Reel? Films of the 1980s and 1990s C. E. Rodrguez. Creating Alternative Images: The Others Present Themselves * From the Margin to the Center: Puerto Rican Cinema in New York Lillian Jimnez. * Unofficial Stories: Documentaries by Latinas and Latin American Women Liz Kotz. * Type and Stereotype: Chicano Images in Film Linda Williams. * Two Film Reviews: My Family/Mi Familia and The Perez Family Santiago Nieves and Frank Algarin. * Hispanic-Oriented Media Federico Subervi-Vlez with C. R. Berg, Patricia Constantakis-Vads, C. Noriega, Diana I. Ros, and Kenton T. Wilkinson. Strategies For Change * Promoting Analytical and Critical Viewing C. E. Rodrguez. * Questions and Reflections About the Readings in This Book C. E. Rodrguez. * What We Can Do C. E. Rodrguez.
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