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Latin American icons : fame across borders

Author: Dianna C Niebylski; Patrick O'Connor
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dianna C Niebylski; Patrick O'Connor
ISBN: 9780826519290 0826519296 9780826519306 082651930X
OCLC Number: 813931901
Description: vii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: Reflections on Iconicity, Celebrity and Cultural Crossings / Patrick O'Connor and Dianna C. Niebylski --
1. Pancho Villa: Icon of Insurgency / Brian Gollnick --
2. Eva Peron: Excerpts from The Passion and the Exception / Beatriz Sarlo --
3. From Korda's Guerrillero Heroico to Global Brand: Ernesto "Che" Guevara / J.P. Spicer-Escalante --
4. Joaquin Murrieta and Lola Casanova: Shapeshifting Icons of the Contact Zone / Robert McKee Irwin --
5. Tango International: Carlos Gardel and the Breaking of Sound Barriers / Rielle Navitski --
6. Lupe Velez Before Hollywood: Mexico's First Iconic 'Modern Girl' / Kristy Rawson --
7. From Hollywood and Back: Dolores Del Rio, a Trans(National) Star / Ana M. López --
8. Carmen Miranda as Cultural Icon / David William Foster --
9. Porfirio Rubirosa: Masculinity, Race, and the Jet-Setting Latin Male / Lizabeth Paravasini-Gebert and Eva Woods-Peiró --
10. The Face of a Nation: Norma Aleandro as Argentina's Post-Dictatorial Middle Class Icon / Janis Breckenridge and Bécquer Medak-Seguin --
11. The Neoliberal Stars: Salma Hayek, Gael García Bernal and the Post-Mexican Film Icon / Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado --
12. Diego Armando Maradona: Life, Death and Resurrection (with One Act to Follow) / Juan Villoro --
13. Fetishizing Frida (excerpted from Devouring Frida [1999]) / Margaret Lindauer --
Afterword. The Afterlife of Icons and the Future of Iconology / Patrick O'Connoor and Dianna C. Niebylski.
Responsibility: edited by Dianna C. Niebylski, Patrick O'Connor.

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"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 recognizes 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"--
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"The icons under study--some familiar to us, other not--come alive on the pages." --Kathryn Sloan, University of Arkansas, author of "Women's Roles in Latin America and the Caribbean"

 
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