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From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture

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From the exuberant excesses of Carmen Miranda in the "tutti frutti hat" to the curvaceous posterior of Jennifer Lopez, the Latina body has long been a signifier of Latina/o identity in U.S. popular culture. But how does this stereotype of the exotic, erotic Latina "bombshell" relate, if at all, to real Latina women who represent a wide spectrum of ethnicities, national ori ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by University of Texas Press (first published 2007)
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Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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I was really excited about this book originally, and came out feeling mixed, as I suppose is often the case with a collection of essays. Part of the problem was my unfamiliarity with certain of the topics, as I'm not much of a TV enthusiast. I kept hoping for more photos/stills/"media" for a book that was investigating visual consumption. A lot of the arguments seemed fairly straightforward, as analysis of prevailing stereotypes often are, but it's still valuable to have academic discourse and r ...more
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A real eye-opener. The Elian Gonzalez chapter is amazing.
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