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The faces of Che, Frida, Evita, Carmen Miranda, and other icons represent Latin America both to a global public that sees these faces constantly reproduced, and to Latin Americans themselves. They enter the circulation machines of Hollywood, or work as nostalgic definitions of a nation, or define a post-national condition. They become stereotypes as they go global, and the often melodramatic stories that cling to them give them a different sort of power than the one they had in their original contexts. Latin American Icons, from critics both in the United States and in Latin America, ask these faces questions; they describe the technologies and propaganda machines, whether the newspapers of Revolutionary Mexico (or Paris and New York) or the movie studios of Argentina and Mexico, which gave them power in their local context; and they return their original histories to those faces that have become abstract symbols of The Rebel or The Spitfire or The Tortured Artist. In equal parts idolatry and iconoclasm, Latin American Icons recognizes and interrogates those Latin Americans who have become larger than life. In trying to understand the meaning of iconic figures in modern Latin America, this volume ranges across every realm of political and cultural life--populist politicos, jet-setting ambassador-playboys, soccer players and superstars--to examine the complex forces at work in the making and re-making of celebrities within and across national borders.


The faces of fame in Latin America--and the power they hold over the world.

About the Author

Dianna Niebylski is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Humoring Resistance. Patrick O'Connor is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College and author of Latin American Fictions and the Narratives of the Perverse.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflections on Iconicity, Celebrity, and Cultural Crossings Patrick O'Connor and Dianna C. Niebylski

Pancho Villa: Icon of Insurgency Brian Gollnick

Eva Peron: Excerpts from The Passion and the Exception Beatriz Sarlo

From Korda's Guerrillero Heroico to Global Brand: Ernesto "Che" Guevara J.P. Spicer-Escalante

Joaquin Murrieta and Lola Casanova: Shapeshifting Icons of the Contact Zone Robert McKee Irwin

Tango International: Carlos Gardel and the Breaking of Sound Barriers Rielle Navitski

Lupe Velez Before Hollywood: Mexico's First Iconic 'Modern Girl' Kristy Rawson

From Hollywood and Back: Dolores Del Rio, a Trans(National) Star Ana M. Lopez

Carmen Miranda as Cultural Icon David William Foster

Porfirio Rubirosa: Masculinity, Race, and the Jet-Setting Latin Male Lizabeth Paravasini-Gebert and Eva Woods-Peiro

The Face of a Nation: Norma Aleandro as Argentina's Post-Dictatorial Middle Class Icon Janis Breckenridge and Becquer Medak-Seguin

The Neoliberal Stars: Salma Hayek, Gael Garcia Bernal, and the Post-Mexican Film Icon Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado

Diego Armando Maradona: Life, Death and Resurrection (with One Act to Follow) Juan Villoro

Fetishizing Frida Margaret Lindauer

Afterword. The Afterlife of Icons and the Future of Iconology

Product Details

Niebylski, Dianna C.
Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
O'Connor, Patrick
Latin america
Latin American studies
Popular Culture
Media Studies
Sociology - General
Media Studi
Biography - General
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26, 26 bandw illustrations
10 x 7 in

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