Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (Google eBook)

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NYU Press, 2004 - Social Science - 337 pages
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Boricua Pop is the first book solely devoted to Puerto Rican visibility, cultural impact, and identity formation in the U.S. and at home. Frances Negrón-Muntaner explores everything from the beloved American musical West Side Story to the phenomenon of singer/actress/ fashion designer Jennifer Lopez, from the faux historical chronicle Seva to the creation of Puerto Rican Barbie, from novelist Rosario Ferré to performer Holly Woodlawn, and from painter provocateur Andy Warhol to the seemingly overnight success story of Ricky Martin. Negrón-Muntaner traces some of the many possible itineraries of exchange between American and Puerto Rican cultures, including the commodification of Puerto Rican cultural practices such as voguing, graffiti, and the Latinization of pop music. Drawing from literature, film, painting, and popular culture, and including both the normative and the odd, the canonized authors and the misfits, the island and its diaspora, Boricua Pop is a fascinating blend of low life and high culture: a highly original, challenging, and lucid new work by one of our most talented cultural critics.

  

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Contents

Puerto Ricans and American Culture
3
West Side Story and U S Puerto Rican Identity
58
Performing a Puerto RicanAmerican Erotics
145
The Queerness of Puerto Rican White Culture
247
Words from the Grave
273
Index
329
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Frances Negrón-Muntaneris an award-winning filmmaker, writer, journalist, and cultural critic. She is the co-editor ofPuerto Rican Jamand author ofAnatomy of a Smile. She currently teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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