Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad (Reencounters with Colonialism: New Perspectives on the Americas)

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Tropicalization, as the editors define it, "means to trope, to imbue a particular space, geography, group, or nation with a set of traits, images, and values" that are circulated and perpetuated through official texts, history, literature, and the media. With bold strokes, this collection outlines how dominant Anglo cultures have, through traditional colonizing discourses, constructed Latin American and Latinas/os in the US. It also examines how Latina/o writers and artists have internalized, appropriated, and transformed these hegemonic definitions. Focusing on literary and aesthetic production, essays explore topics such as the imbalance of power in the trans-cultural relationship, gender-based myths about Latin America and Latina/o sexuality, tensions inherent in contact zones between cultures, and the tropicalization of Cuba from within the US.

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Frances R. Aparicio is Associate Professor of Spanish and American Culture at the University of Michigan, author of Listening to Salsa and editor of Latino Voices (1994). Susana Chavez-Silverman is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Pomona College.

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