Edited By Małgorzata Martynuska and Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko
The essays collected in this book examine different aspects of change in literature and culture of the Anglophone world. The contributors analyse literary theory as well as individual literary works ranging from John Dryden’s poetry, through the 18th-century English novel, to the 20th-century drama and prose. The contributions also focus on visual arts and film, the socio-political context, and concern various aspects of British and American history, culture and economy.
Transculturality Exemplified by the Evolution of Salsa Dance in the USA (Małgorzata Martynuska)
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Transculturality Exemplified by the Evolution of Salsa Dance in the USA
Abstract: The article describes how in the process of transculturation salsa dance retains its Latin traditions and undergoes constant changes while incorporating new trends from American multi-ethnic culture. Salsa has become a unique part of the American Latinidad that entered different spheres of American social life and still continues to transform.
The presence of Latina/os impacts on the formation of U.S. identity with its multiple and complex manifestations. One of these is Latin music and dance. Music is a powerful means of expressing the sense of identity and belonging needed for migrant culture. “There is a tendency within US popular culture to associate Latin population with dance and dance with Latina/os” (Valdivia 2007, 401). Nowadays dancing to Latin music is popular not only in the USA but it has become a global phenomenon. Latina/os have performed traditional dance styles in American night clubs and public festivals as a reaffirmation of ethnic identity and as a form of reclaiming space. The Latin dance styles and forms of body movements are then spread among other Latina/o and non-Latina/o dancers.
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