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José, can you see? : Latinos on and off Broadway
Sandoval-Sánchez, Alberto.
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Publication Information:
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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PN2270.H57 S26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sandoval-Sanchez shines his spotlight on the representation and stereotyping of Latinos on stage. In act one he scans the way they are typecast on Broadway and in popular culture, in act two he offers a fresh perspective on how they represent themselves in their own theatrical productions.

Author Notes

Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez is professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College and author of Nueva York Tras Bastidores/New York Backstage , a bilingual book of poetry.

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The value of this study lies primarily in the author's attention to rectifying serious misrepresentations of Latinas/Latinos on the Broadway stage and US Latina/Latino dramaturgy while shedding light on the changing forms of theater brought about by contemporary self-representations constructed by this ethnic group. Sandoval-Sanchez discusses the way two central figures--Carmen Miranda and Desi Arnaz--presented "Latinidad" on Broadway as "a conscious and premeditated mode of representation and stereotypization" filled with "political and ideological practices, maneuvers, and strategies." West Side Story and A Chorus Line further cemented the typecasting and stereotyping of Latinas/Latinos until US Latino theater emerged "as the foundational moment of the formation of a US Latino/a ethnic identity." The author also offers new research under the headings "Staging AIDS" and "Gender Stereotypes." The author takes advantage of the image of "home," the notion of a new generation of Latinas/Latinos positioning subjects in a wide range of sites, intersecting identity politics with historical place and examining the "historical intersections" of "new ethnicities in the borderlands." Recommended for scholars interested in contemporary cultural studies, theater history, and gender studies and for professionals and practitioners in performance. E. C. Ramirez; St. Philip's College