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Secular Saints: Performing Frida Kahlo, Carlos Gardel, Eva Peron, and Selena

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Contemporary icons are drawn from popular culture - musicians, artists, actors, and other personalities we hear on radio or see on television, on screen, in print and in cyberspace. Today's 'gods' are media personalities, and cults surround stars and artists like Frida Kahlo, Carlos Gardel, Eva Peron, and Selena. Because of transnational and global trends in importing and ...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Tamesis Books
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I like the author's discussion of popular icons as modern day saints, and she makes a good case for the ways in which her 4 subjects represent various kinds of meaning-giving narratives that transcend their lifetimes. However, as a historian, I found it problematic that her sources for the history of icons were a couple of books that focused mostly on Russian orthodoxy. Also found her conclusion on historical and cultural similarities a bit thin (again methodological preferences at play.)
Jun 16, 2011 Zoë rated it really liked it
I particularly liked the chapter on Frida Kahlo as a performance artist, and it's interesting to consider that artist alongside Eva Peron, as the author does here.
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