Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media - Critical Cultural Communication (Paperback)Isabel Molina-Guzman (author)
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With images of Jennifer Lopez's butt and America Ferrera's smile saturating national and global culture, Latina bodies have become an ubiquitous presence. Dangerous Curves traces the visibility of the Latina body in the media and popular culture by analyzing a broad range of popular media including news, media gossip, movies, television news, and online audience discussions.
Isabel Molina-Guzman maps the ways in which the Latina body is gendered, sexualized, and racialized within the United States media using a series of fascinating case studies. The book examines tabloid headlines about Jennifer Lopez's indomitable sexuality, the contested authenticity of Salma Hayek's portrayal of Frida Kahlo in the movie Frida, and America Ferrera's universally appealing yet racially sublimated Ugly Betty character. Dangerous Curves carves out a mediated terrain where these racially ambiguous but ethnically marked feminine bodies sell everything from haute couture to tabloids.
Through a careful examination of the cultural tensions embedded in the visibility of Latina bodies in United States media culture, Molina-Guzman paints a nuanced portrait of the media's role in shaping public knowledge about Latina identity and Latinidad, and the ways political and social forces shape media representations.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"Dangerous Curves is an absolutely essential, central, and most insightful component of Latina/o media studies. Molina-Guzman brings together structural, labor, textual, and audience elements to provide a nuanced analysis whose influence will span across communication, media, and Latina/o studies."-Angharad N. Valdivia,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"This compelling study examines the visibility and marketability of Latina actors and characters in tabloids, blogs, "telenovelas," movies, and music... [Molina-Guzman] argues that deviation from prescribed images unsettles mainstream viewers, whose notions of identity/sexuality reject foreign or exotic representations."-Choice
"Dangerous Curves remains an engaging and compelling examination of the conflicting demands placed on Latina bodies in the popular imagination."-Magdalena L. Barrera,Camino Real
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