Looking For Mexico

Author: John Mraz
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822392200
Size: 18.91 MB
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In Looking for Mexico, a leading historian of visual culture, John Mraz, provides a panoramic view of Mexico’s modern visual culture from the U.S. invasion of 1847 to the present. Along the way, he illuminates the powerful role of photographs, films, illustrated magazines, and image-filled history books in the construction of national identity, showing how Mexicans have both made themselves and been made with the webs of significance spun by modern media. Central to Mraz’s book is photography, which was distributed widely throughout Mexico in the form of cartes-de-visite, postcards, and illustrated magazines. Mraz analyzes the work of a broad range of photographers, including Guillermo Kahlo, Winfield Scott, Hugo Brehme, Agustín Víctor Casasola, Tina Modotti, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Héctor García, Pedro Meyer, and the New Photojournalists. He also examines representations of Mexico’s past in the country’s influential picture histories: popular, large-format, multivolume series replete with thousands of photographs and an assortment of texts. Turning to film, Mraz compares portrayals of the Mexican Revolution by Fernando de Fuentes to the later movies of Emilio Fernández and Gabriel Figueroa. He considers major stars of Golden Age cinema as gender archetypes for mexicanidad, juxtaposing the charros (hacienda cowboys) embodied by Pedro Infante, Pedro Armendáriz, and Jorge Negrete with the effacing women: the mother, Indian, and shrew as played by Sara García, Dolores del Río, and María Félix. Mraz also analyzes the leading comedians of the Mexican screen, representations of the 1968 student revolt, and depictions of Frida Kahlo in films made by Paul Leduc and Julie Taymor. Filled with more than fifty illustrations, Looking for Mexico is an exuberant plunge into Mexico’s national identity, its visual culture, and the connections between the two.

Performing Mexico Lila Downs Mexikanische Geschichte Anthropologie Und Soziopolitische Gegenwart Im Spiegel Der Musik

Author: Eve Ebeling
Publisher: Diplomica Verlag
ISBN: 9783842888302
Size: 17.67 MB
Format: PDF
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Lila Downs, charismatische Ausnahmekünstlerin mit Anspruch - anhand des Lebens, der persönlichen Motivation und der Liedtexte dieser US-amerikanisch-mexikanischen Sängerin wird das inhaltliche Potential ihrer Musik den Erwartungen ihres Publikums gegenübergestellt. Beispielhaft wird, mithilfe unterschiedlicher Forschungsdisziplinen, veranschaulicht, was Musik heute noch zu bewegen vermag; als Trägerin von Erinnerungen, Überzeugungen und Hoffnungen.

Mexico Today

Author: Alex Saragoza
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313349485
Size: 12.95 MB
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Presents alphabetically ordered encyclopedic entries on the most important aspects of modern Mexico, covering such topics as folklore, pop culture, politics and government, the economy, the environment, and social issues.

Agustin Lara

Author: Andrew Grant Wood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199976744
Size: 17.96 MB
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Few Mexican musicians in the twentieth century achieved as much notoriety or had such an international impact as the popular singer and songwriter Agust?n Lara (1897-1970). Widely known as "el flaco de oro" ("the Golden Skinny"), this remarkably thin fellow was prolific across the genres of bolero, ballad, and folk. His most beloved "Granada", a song so enduring that it has been covered by the likes of Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, and Placido Domingo, is today a standard in the vocal repertory. However, there exists very little biographical literature on Lara in English. In Agust?n Lara: A Cultural Biography, author Andrew Wood's informed and informative placement of Lara's work in a broader cultural context presents a rich and comprehensive reading of the life of this significant musical figure. Lara's career as a media celebrity as well as musician provides an excellent window on Mexican society in the mid-twentieth century and on popular culture in Latin America. Wood also delves into Lara's music itself, bringing to light how the composer's work unites a number of important currents in Latin music of his day, particularly the bolero. With close musicological focus and in-depth cultural analysis riding alongside the biographical narrative, Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography is a welcome read to aficionados and performers of Latin American musics, as well as a valuable addition to the study of modern Mexican music and Latin American popular culture as a whole.

Imagining La Chica Moderna

Author: Joanne Hershfield
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822342383
Size: 17.52 MB
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Traces the role of popular culture--particularly visual culture--in shaping the modern Mexican woman.

Photo Archives And The Idea Of Nation

Author: Costanza Caraffa
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110390032
Size: 12.67 MB
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The question of the (photographic) construction and representation of national identity is not limited to the ‘long 19th century’, but is a current issue in the post-colonial, post-global, digital world. The essays by international contributors aim at studying the relationship between photographic archives and the idea of nation, yet without focusing on single symbolic icons and instead considering the wider archival and sedimental dimension.

Photographing The Mexican Revolution

Author: John Mraz
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292735804
Size: 11.80 MB
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The Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920 is among the world’s most visually documented revolutions. Coinciding with the birth of filmmaking and the increased mobility offered by the reflex camera, it received extraordinary coverage by photographers and cineastes—commercial and amateur, national and international. Many images of the Revolution remain iconic to this day—Francisco Villa galloping toward the camera; Villa lolling in the presidential chair next to Emiliano Zapata; and Zapata standing stolidly in charro raiment with a carbine in one hand and the other hand on a sword, to mention only a few. But the identities of those who created the thousands of extant images of the Mexican Revolution, and what their purposes were, remain a huge puzzle because photographers constantly plagiarized each other’s images. In this pathfinding book, acclaimed photography historian John Mraz carries out a monumental analysis of photographs produced during the Mexican Revolution, focusing primarily on those made by Mexicans, in order to discover who took the images and why, to what ends, with what intentions, and for whom. He explores how photographers expressed their commitments visually, what aesthetic strategies they employed, and which identifications and identities they forged. Mraz demonstrates that, contrary to the myth that Agustín Víctor Casasola was “the photographer of the Revolution,” there were many who covered the long civil war, including women. He shows that specific photographers can even be linked to the contending forces and reveals a pattern of commitment that has been little commented upon in previous studies (and completely unexplored in the photography of other revolutions).