Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction: The Cultural Production of Social Anxiety

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University of Arizona Press, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 239 pages
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Los Angeles has long been a place where cultures clash and reshape. The city has a growing number of Latina/o authors and filmmakers who are remapping and reclaiming it through ongoing symbolic appropriation. In this illuminating book, Ignacio L用ez-Calvo foregrounds the emotional experiences of authors, implicit authors, narrators, characters, and readers in order to demonstrate that the evolution of the imaging of Los Angeles in Latino cultural production is closely related to the politics of spatial location. This spatial-temporal approach, he writes, reveals significant social anxieties, repressed rage, and deep racial guilt.

Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction sets out to reconfigure the scope of Latino literary and cultural studies. Integrating histories of different regions and nations, the book sets the interplay of unresolved contradictions in this particular metropolitan area. The novelists studied here stem from multiple areas, including the U.S. Southwest, Guatemala, and Chile. The study also incorporates non-Latino writers who have contributed to the Latino culture of the city.

The first chapter examines Latino cultural production from an ecocritical perspective on urban interethnic relations. Chapter 2 concentrates on the representation of daily life in the barrio and the marginalization of Latino urban youth. The third chapter explores the space of women and how female characters expand their area of operations from the domestic space to the public space of both the barrio and the city.

A much-needed contribution to the fields of urban theory, race critical theory, Chicana/oミLatina/o studies, and Los Angeles writing and film, L用ez-Calvo offers multiple theoretical perspectivesムincluding urban theory, ecocriticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, and cultural studiesム contextualized with notions of transnationalism and post-nationalism.
  

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Contents

Sculpture of Felipe de Neve founder of Los Angeles in Plaza
1
Olvera
5
Los Angeles Latino mural
7
Sculpture of Francisco Pancho Villa in Lincoln Park
10
Environmental Racism and the Politics of Nature
23
White Flight from the inner city on Great Wall of L A
25
Fortunetelling store on 7th Street
37
Spanishlanguage church on South Broadway Street
38
Image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in a Mexican American market
93
Los Angeles graffiti artists
118
Gendered and Nationalistic Anxieties
122
Newspaper stand on Broadway Street
126
Avila Adobe the oldest building in Los Angeles
129
Church of Nuestra Sefiora la Reina de los Angeles in Plaza Olvera
130
Original house of P10 Pico the last Mexican governor of Alta California
131
Sculpture of Aztec emperor Cuauhtemoc by Lincoln Park
155

Effects of freeway and Dodger stadium construction on the barrios Great Wall of L A
47
Depiction of socalled Zoot Suit Riots on Great Wall of L A
51
Los Angeles skyline and palm trees
63
The Marginalization of Latino Urban Youth
79
Deportation of Mexican Americans depicted on Great Wall of L A
84
Chronological List of Literary and Testimonial
177
Bibliography
217
Index
233
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About the author (2011)

Ignacio L用ez-Calvo is a professor of Latin American literature and chair of the Graduate Group of World Cultures at the University of California, Merced. He is the author of several previous books on Latin American and U.S. Latino literature and culture, including Imaging the Chinese in Cuban Literature and Culture.

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