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The Hispanic Image in Hollywood

A Postcolonial Approach

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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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Index A Adventures in Babysitting, 42 Africa, 20, 59, 96, 107, 118 African-American, 3, 31, 46, 47, 61, 79 “African Venus,” 59 Agassiz, Louis, 34, 35 Alonzo, John, 40 A Man Apart, 32, 42, 43, 44 Althusser, Louis, 12 American Me, 153 amorality, 11, 22, 53, 126, 129 Anaconda, 82 Anglo-America, 10, 88, 95, 106 Apocalypto, 82 aporia, 91 appropriation, 19, 56, 72, 81, 90, 114, 119, 141 anthropology, 56, 58, 73, 74, 107, 116 antipode, 2, 3, 4, 7, 56, 82, 90, 97, 137 Aristotle, 5, 76 A Walk in the Clouds, 153 B Bad Boys II, 15, 32, 42, 43, 44 Badge 373, 43 banana republics, 124, 129, 133, 138 Bananas, 42, 123, 133, 134–136, 138, 144, 145, 147, 164, 165 bandidos, 42, 47, 112, 113, 144, 145, 147 Bedazzled (2000), 82 Belize, 101 Bemberg, María Luisa, 153 Bernardi, Daniel, 3 Bhabha, Homi, 11, 27, 28, 39 biology, 1,3, 4, 5, 13, 16, 21–22, 33, 34, 35, 58, 59, 65, 91, 100, 114, 116, 121, 148, 158 blackface, 42 Blood and Wine, 54 Blood Pyramid, 7, 100 Bordertown, 42 Border Wars, 2, 38 Born in East LA, 153, 164 Bourdieu, Paul, 12, 24, 122 Brazil, 93, 107, 118, 119 Bronx (New York), 42, 52, 61, 63–65, 67 brownface, 42, 130, 134 Bruce Almighty, 43 Buffon, Count, 5 Bush, George H. W., 38, 121 C California, 1, 7, 38, 40, 109, 142, 167 camera work, 13, 18, 20, 21, 22, 40, 44, 46, 47,...

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