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The Hispanic Image in Hollywood

A Postcolonial Approach


Jorge Barrueto

The Hispanic Image in Hollywood: A Postcolonial Approach offers an in-depth analysis of how Hispanics are represented in American cinema. Film production is a reflection of American historical processes that have defined Hispanics and American mainstream identity as oppositional forces in the domestic political establishment. Hispanic difference, as depicted in film, is understood as the by-product of Western philosophy, Western science, territorial expansion, colonialism and American nation building, wherein Hispanics have been identified as the antithetical, ubiquitous Other. More precisely, specific Hollywood films not only mirror American history but also a variety of political discourses that have defined Hispanic identity. Thematic categories of American history used to construct Hispanics reflect, in many ways, a deep-rooted, Eurocentric, colonial worldview. As the research of this book clearly shows, film depictions of Hispanics have created negative visual taxonomies based on gender, race, and class.


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Acknowledgments ix


Acknowledgments express thanks to Myra Mendible, Christine List and Víctor Durán for their kind and insightful comments on the manuscript. On the editorial side, I thank Caitlin Lavelle, Frank Beaver and Jackie Pavlovic for their invaluable help in the completion of this project. My appreciation goes as well to OhioLINK, the University Libraries at Kent State and the Brother Edmond Drouin Library at Walsh University for their readily available resources. I am also indebted to MGM, Paramount, Universal Pictures and The Saul Zaentz Company for their still licensing. I

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