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Badmen, Bandits, and Folk Heroes : The Ambivalence of Mexican American Identity in Literature and Film (Hardcover)

Author: Alonzo, Juan J.

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Badmen, Bandits, and Folk Heroes is a comparative study of the literary and cinematic representation of Mexican American masculine identity from early twentieth-century adventure stories and movie Westerns through contemporary self-representations by Chicano/a writers and filmmakers. In this deeply compelling book, Juan J. Alonzo proposes a reconsideration of the early stereotypical depictions of Mexicans in fiction and film: rather than viewing stereotypes as unrelentingly negative, Alonzo presents them as part of a complex apparatus of identification and disavowal. Furthermore, Alonzo reassesses Chicano/a self-representation in literature and film, and argues that the Chicano/a expression of identity is characterized less by essentialism than by an acknowledgment of the contingent status of present-day identity formations.

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Publisher Univ of Arizona Pr
Mfg Part# 9780816528684
SKU 211296123
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0816528683
Release Date 8/5/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0196
Publisher University of Arizona Press
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