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Palgrave Macmillan

The Un/Making of Latina/o Citizenship

Culture, Politics, and Aesthetics

ISBN 9781137431073
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Literatures of the Americas

Examining popular culture, literature, photography, television, and visual art, The Un/Making of Latina/o Citizenship: Culture, Politics, and Aesthetics sheds light on the misrepresentations of Latina/os in the mass media. Shaping a critical discussion of Latina/o culture that is hopeful, contributors to this collection map out the tenuous relationship between experiences of self-representation and actual liberation and explore Latina/os as represented in mass media versus their daily lives. By clearly dividing these (mis) representations, this volume imagines a better future for Latina/os in the United States.

Ellie D. Hernandez is Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA, where she teaches and writes extensively on cultural studies, citizenship, transnational Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural production as well as issues of gender and sexuality. She is also the author of Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture.
Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson is Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University, USA, where she teaches and writes about Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural politics in television, film, and popular culture. She is the editor of Stunned Into Being: Essays on the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes.

Introduction; Ellie D. Hernández and Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson
1. Dyad or Dialectic? Deconstructing Chicana/Latina Identity Politics; Alicia Gaspar de Alba
2. Drag Racing the Neoliberal Circuit: Latina/o Camp and the Contingencies of Resistance; Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson
3. Twenty-First Century New Mexican Road Trip: Reclaiming Ceremony, Music, Time and Land; Chela Sandoval and Peter J. García
4. The Importance of the Heart in Chicana Artistry: Aesthetic Struggle, Aisthesis, 'Freedom"; Juan Mah y Busch
5. The Political Implications of Playing Hopefully: A Negotiation of the Present and the Utopic in Queer Theory and Latina/o Literature; Kristie Soares
6. Cherríe Moraga's Changing Consciousness of Solidarity; Araceli Esparza
7. Revolutionary Love: Bridging Differential Terrains of Empire; Cathyrn Josefina Merla-Watson
8. The Postmodern Monument: An Analysis of Citizenship, Representation, and Monuments in Three Acts; Ella Maria Diaz
9. Sucking Vulnerability: Neoliberalism, the Chupacabras, and the Post Cold-War Years; William Calvo
10. Pictures of Resistance: Recasting Labor and Immigration in the Global City; Irene Mata

Alicia Gaspar de Alba, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Peter J. García, California State University, Northridge, USA
Chela Sandoval, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Juan D. Mah y Busch, Loyola Marymount University, USA
Kristie Soares, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Araceli Esparza, California State University, Long Beach, USA
Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson, University of Texas , San Antonio, USA
Ella Maria Diaz, Cornell University, USA
William A. Calvo, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Irene Mata, Wellesley College, USA


"In their very readable collection The Un/Making of Latina/o Citizenship: Culture, Politics and Aesthetics, Hernandez and Rodriguez y Gibson have compiled a list of scholars who are innovative thinkers, insightful academicians, and passionate writers unafraid to examine, to rethink the shifting and fluidity of what is meant, or not, by Latinidad. They discuss our complicated cultural currency from past to potential, traveling from the academic theory to everyday politics, from literature to media, holding together complete oppositions while reexamining their useful convergences. As an artist, I feel I can finally read theoretical frameworks that make sense to me, that excite me, that discomfort me, that reclaim a language ripe with metaphor and realm of cultural power. This collection should be on the bookshelf of every scholar and artist whose has been given the task - whether in art as in theory - to decolonize the imaginary, one word at a time." - Helena María Viramontes, Professor of English, Cornell University, USA
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