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Chicano Popular Culture : Que Hable el Pueblo

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9780816519835

ISBN10:
0816519838
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Pub. Date:
9/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Univ of Arizona Pr
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Over the past several decades,Mexican Americans have made an indelible mark on American culture through the music of bands such as Santana and Los Lobos, films such asZoot Suit,and a wide range of literature, such as Sandra Cisneros'sThe House on Mango Street. Now Charles Tatum introduces students to these and other forms of artistic expression in the first volume to provide a wide-ranging overview of Chicano popular culture. Tatum explores the broad and complex arena of popular culture among Americans of Mexican descent and explains what popular culture can tell them about themselves. Reviewing a range of expressive arts, from traditional forms to electronic media, he explains the differences and similarities between Chicano popular culture and that of other ethnic groups or of Anglo society and shows how Chicano arts reflect a people's traditions and heritage. The book's coverage focuses on five areas of popular culture. It explores Mexican American and Chicano music from the sixteenth century to the present day; cinema, focusing on Chicano films of the past three decades; newspapers, radio, and television, explaining the interrelationship between these media; literature, emphasizing fiction, theater, and poetry of the last thirty years; and fiestas, celebrations, and art, including mural and graffiti art. Tatum provides a brief overview of Mexican American social history, paying particular attention to changing cultural perspectives over the past 150 years and the evolution ofel movimiento chicano. He also introduces theories of popular culture and makes them accessible to students, enabling them to better understand the material covered in the text. No other book offers such a wide-ranging introduction to these cultural expressions of Mexican Americans today.Chicano Popular Cultureinvites readers to share the excitement of these vital arts and, through them, to learn more about the uniqueness of America's fastest-growing minority.Chicano Popular Cultureand Mexican Americans and Health are the first volumes in the seriesThe Mexican American Experience,a cluster of modular texts designed to provide greater flexibility in undergraduate education. Each book deals with a single topic concerning the Mexican American population. Instructors can create a semester-length course from any combination of volumes, or may choose to use one or two volumes to complement other texts.

Table of Contents

Figures
vii
List of Acronyms
ix
Introduction: The Study of Popular Culture xi
Labels and Terms xi
Historical Background xiii
Organization of This Book xxvi
Suggested Readings xxvii
Definitions and Theoretical Approaches to Popular Culture
3(11)
Definitions of Popular Culture
3(2)
Theoretical Approaches to Popular Culture
5(9)
Discussion Questions
13(1)
Suggested Readings
13(1)
Music
14(36)
Popular Hispanic Folk Music of the Southwest
14(8)
Musica Tejana
22(9)
Chicano Music on the West Coast
31(13)
Trans-Regional Chicano Music
44(6)
Discussion Questions
48(1)
Suggested Readings
49(1)
Cinema
50(39)
Race and Ethnicity in America Movies
50(2)
Hollywood's Portrayal of Mexicans and Mexican Americans from the 1910s through the 1970s
52(6)
Chicano Cinema
58(1)
Chicano Feature-Length Films Since the 1970s
59(17)
Hollywood Hispanic Films
76(5)
The Current State of Chicanos in U.S. Cinema
81(8)
Appendix: Chicano Cinema of the Late 1960s through the 1990s
82(5)
Discussion Questions
87(1)
Suggested Readings
88(1)
Newspapers, Radio, and Television
89(29)
Newspapers
89(12)
Radio
101(5)
Television
106(12)
Discussion Questions
116(1)
Suggested Readings
117(1)
Popular Literature
118(35)
Popular Writers Pre-1965
118(4)
The Chicano Movement and the Forming of an Artistic Consciousness
122(15)
The Ascendancy of Popular Writing by Chicanas
137(4)
Current Chicano Popular Literature
141(12)
Discussion Questions
151(1)
Suggested Readings
152(1)
Art, Celebrations, and Other Popular Traditions
153(38)
Popular Art
153(28)
Celebrations
181(6)
Other Popular Traditions
187(4)
Discussion Questions
189(1)
Suggested Readings
189(2)
Conclusion 191(2)
Works Cited 193(10)
Index 203


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