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Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom (Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States)

Professor Priscilla Peña Ovalle

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ISBN 10: 0813548802 / ISBN 13: 9780813548807
Published by Rutgers University Press, 2010
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Title: Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, ...

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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Examines why every Latina star in Hollywood history, from Dolores Del Rio in the 1920s to Jennifer Lopez in the 2000s, began as a dancer or danced onscreen. It argues that a century of representing brown women as natural dancers has popularized the notion that Latinas are inherently passionate and promiscuous, and introduces the concepts of 'inbetween-ness' and 'racial mobility' to further illuminate how racialized sexuality and the dancing female body operate in film.


"What a wonderful project! This book magnificently centerstages how dance in Hollywood constitutes a cultural space in which Latina stars turn their performance into the ultimate expression of/for agency and empowerment. Let the rhythm take you over! Go girls!"--Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez "Mount Holyoke College "

"A well-researched, engaging book that expands our understanding of the shaping of the Hollywood Latina, and of Latinas in the national imaginary, through analysis of dance and embodiment in these dynamics."--Mary Beltrán "author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV St "

"In this fresh examination, Priscilla Peña Ovalle convincingly probes the racial dynamics and sexual politics that shape the paradoxical figure of the dancing Hollywood Latina."--Rosa-Linda Fregoso "author of meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderland "

"A good resource for those interested in dance, film, and media studies and in gender, race and sexualities studies. Recommended."--Choice

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