From its earliest manifestations on the street corners of nineteenth-century Buenos Aires to its ascendancy as a global cultural form, tango has continually exceeded the confines of the dance floor or the music hall. In Tango Lessons, scholars from Latin America and the United States explore tango's enduring vitality. The interdisciplinary group of contributors-including specialists in dance, music, anthropology, linguistics, literature, film, and fine art-take up a broad range of topics. Among these are the productive tensions between tradition and experimentation in tango nuevo, representations of tango in film and contemporary art, and the role of tango in the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Taken together, the essays show that tango provides a kaleidoscopic perspective on Argentina's social, cultural, and intellectual history from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries.
Contributors. Esteban Buch, Oscar Conde, Antonio Gomez, Morgan James Luker, Carolyn Merritt, Marilyn G. Miller, Fernando Rosenberg, Alejandro Susti
Marilyn G. Miller is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University. She is the author of Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race: The Cult of Mestizaje in Latin America.
Acknowledgments ix Introduction / Marilyn G. Miller 1 1. Lunfardo in Tango: A Way of Speaking that Defines a Way of Being / Oscar Conde 33 2. Borges, Tango, and Milonga / Alejandro Susti 60 3. Picturing Tango / Marilyn G. Miller 82 4. Tango, Politics, and the Musical of Exile / Antonio Gomez 118 5. The Return of the Tango in Documentary Film / Fernando Rosenberg 140 6. "Manejame como un auto": Drive Me Like a Car, or What's So New about Tango Nuevo? / Carolyn Merritt 164 7. Contemporary Tango and the Cultural Politics of Musica Popula / Morgan James Luker 198 8. Gotan Project's Tango Project / Esteban Buch 220 Glossary 243 Works Cited 247 Contributors and Translators 267 Index 269