Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands

Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands

Edited by Arturo J. Aldama, Chela Sandoval, and Peter Garcia
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Format: paper 522 pages, 27 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-00574-8
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In this interdisciplinary volume, contributors analyze the expression of Latina/o cultural identity through performance. With music, theater, dance, visual arts, body art, spoken word, performance activism, fashion, and street theater as points of entry, contributors discuss cultural practices and the fashoning of identity in Latino/a communities throughout the US. Examining the areas of crossover between Latin and American cultures gives new meaning to the notion of “borderlands.” This volume features senior scholars and up-and-coming academics from cultural, visual, and performance studies, folklore, and ethnomusicology.

Author Bio

Arturo J. Aldama is Associate Professor of Latino and Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chela Sandoval is former Chair and Associate Professor of Critical Theory in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Peter J. García is Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Musics at California State University, Northridge.


"This collection brings together a wealth of Latino Studies scholars in a dynamic interdisciplinary dialogue around issues of performance, identity, and de-colonization. The valuable conversations that emerge from their essays extend into many scholarly disciplines, including Latin American Studies, Queer and Gender Studies, and African American Studies." —Emily Maguire, author of Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography

"This timely volume utilizes a growing body of scholarship in the field of performance studies, while filling in significant gaps and expanding the objects of study in the area of Latina performance. The editors have selected a wide range of essays that represent a splendid array of topics and themes of intrinsic interest to the field." —Yvonne Yarbro Bejarano, author of The Wounded Heart: Writing on Cherríe Moraga

"The essays in Performing the US Latina & Latino Borderlands expand the field of Latina/o cultural studies while situating innovative discussions of performance in the context of borderlands studies. In its totality, the collection focuses on specific formations of collective identities-in-resistance, or what the editors call, the performance of a “borderland consciousness”. Performing the US Latina & Latino Borderlands is suitable for graduate and upper undergraduate courses in Latina/o American studies, ethnic and cultural studies, and performance studies." —Alicia Arrizón, author of Queering Mestizaje: Transculturation and Performance

"I would recommend this book for scholars interested in learning about diverse ways that marginalized populations seize the tools of performance and alter them to shift the story. . . Each chapter contains enough cultural context for scholars unfamiliar with Latina/o Studies and enough entertaining performance for everyone." —Text and Presentation

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Table of Contents

Foreword \ Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Introduction: Toward a De-Colonial Performatics of the US Latina and Latino Borderlands \ Chela Sandoval, Arturo J. Aldama, and Peter J. García

ACTO 1. Performing Emancipation: Inner Work, Public Acts
1. Body as Codex-ized Word / Cuerpo Como Palabra (en-)Códice-ado: Chicana/Indígena and Mexican Transnational Performative Indigeneities \ Micaela Díaz-Sánchez
2. Milongueando Macha Homoerotics: Dancing the Tango, Torta Style (a Performative Testimonio) \ Maria Lugones
3. The Other Train That Derails Us: Performing Latina Anxiety Disorder in "The Night before Christmas" \ Angie Chabram-Dernersesian
4. The Art of Place: The Work of Diane Gamboa \ Karen Mary Davalos
5. Human Rights, Conditioned Choices, and Performance in Ana Castillo's Mixquihuala Letters \ Carl Gutiérrez-Jones
6. Decolonizing Gender Performativity: A Thesis for Emancipation in Early Chicana Feminist Thought (1969—1979) \ Daphne V. Taylor-García

ACTO 2. Ethnographies of Performance: The Río Grande and Beyond
7. Performing Indigeneity in a South Texas Community: Los Matachines de la Santa Cruz \ Norma E. Cantú
8. Re-Membering Chelo Silva: The Bolero in Chicana Perspective (Women's Bodies and Voices in Postrevolutionary Urbanization: The Bohemian, Urban, and Transnational) \ Yolanda Broyles-González
9. Roland Barthes, Mojado, in Brownface: Chisme-laced Snapshots Documenting the Preposterous and Fact-laced Claim That the Postmodern Was Born along the Borders of the Río Grande River \ William Anthony Nericcio
10. Decolonial Border Queers: Case Studies of Chicana/o Lesbians, Gay Men, and Transgender Folks in El Paso / Juárez \ Emma Pérez
11 "Te Amo, Te Amo, Te Amo": Lorenzo Antonio and Sparx Performing Nuevo México Music \ Peter J. García
12. Sonic Geographies and Anti-Border Musics: "We Didn't Cross the Border, the Borders Crossed Us" \ Roberto D. Hernández
13. Lila Downs's Borderless Performance: Transculturation and Musical Communication \ Brenda M. Romero

ACTO 3. Nepantla Aesthetics in the Trans/Nacional
14. El Macho: How the Women of Teatro Luna Became Men \ Paloma Martínez-Cruz and Liza Ann Acosta
15. Suturing Las Ramblas to East LA: Transnational Performances of Josefina López's Real Women Have Curves \ Tiffany Ana López
16. Loving Revolution: Same-Sex Marriage and Queer Resistance in Monica Palacios's Amor y Revolución \ Marivel T. Danielson
17. Is Ugly Betty a Real Woman? Representations of Chicana Femininity Inscribed as a Site of (Transformative) Difference \ Jennifer Esposito
18. Indian Icon, Gay Macho: Felipe Rose of Village People \ Gabriel S. Estrada

ACTO 4. (De)Criminalizing Bodies: Ironies of Performance
19. No Somos Criminales: Crossing Borders in Contemporary Latina and Latino Music \ Arturo J. Aldama
20. "Pelones y Matones": Chicano Cholos Perform for a Punitive Audience \ Victor M. Rios and Patrick Lopez-Aguado
21. Mexica Hip Hop: Male Expressive Culture \ Pancho McFarland
22. The Latino Comedy Project and Border Humor in Performance \ Jennifer Alvarez Dickinson
23. (Re)Examining the Latin Lover: Screening Chicano/Latino Sexualities \ Daniel Enrique Pérez
24. Rumba's Democratic Circle in the Age of Legal Simulacra \ Berta Jottar-Palenzuela

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