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African Mexicans and the Discourse on Modern Nation - Marco Polo Hernandez Cuevas

African Mexicans and the Discourse on Modern Nation

Paperback Published: 28th June 2004
ISBN: 9780761828587
Number Of Pages: 136

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In African Mexicans and the Discourse on Modern Nation, author Marco Polo Hernandez Cuevas explores how the Africaness of Mexican mestizaje was erased from the national memory and identity and how national African ethnic contributions were plagiarized by the criollo elite in modern Mexico. The book cites the concept of a Caucasian standard of beauty prevalent in narrative, film, and popular culture in the period between 1920 and 1968, which the author dubs as the "cultural phase of the Mexican Revolution." The author also delves into how criollo elite disenfranchised non-white Mexicans as a whole by institutionalizing a Eurocentric myth whereby Mexicans learned to negate part of their ethnic makeup. During this time period, wherever African Mexicans, visibly black or not, are mentioned, they appear as "mestizo," many of them oblivious of their African heritage, and others part of a willing movement toward becoming "white." This analysis adopts as a critical foundation Richard Jackson's ideas about black phobia and the white aesthetic, as well as James Snead's coding of blacks.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The Revolution and Invisibility: African Mexicans and the Ideology of Mestizaje in La raza cosmicap. 1
The Erased Africaness of Mexican Iconsp. 31
La vida inutil de Pito Perez: Tracking the African Contribution to the Mexican Picaresque Sense of Humorp. 55
Angelitos negros, a Film from the "Golden Age" of Mexican Cinema: Coding Visibly Black Mestizos By and Through a Farreaching Mediump. 69
Modern National Discourse and La muerte de Artemio Cruz: The Illusory "Death" of African Mexican Lineagep. 87
Conclusionp. 99
Bibliographyp. 103
About the Authorp. 111
Indexp. 113
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ISBN: 9780761828587
ISBN-10: 0761828583
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 28th June 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18