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American Encounters : Greater Mexico, the United States and the Erotics of Culture - Jose Limon

American Encounters

Greater Mexico, the United States and the Erotics of Culture


Published: 10th November 1999
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The idea of crossing the border between the United States and what award-winning anthropologist Jose Limon calls "Greater Mexico" has always conjured images of racial hostility and exclusion. Through literature, film, song, and dance, "American Encounters" explores an alternative history of attraction and desire between the U.S. and Greater Mexico, offering a vision of hope for the future.

[Lim�n] has proven that Chicano critics are the new players in the field of cultural studies.--Rafael Castillo, San Antonio Express-News "[A] powerful and graceful book, as alive to the seductions as it is to the dangers of inevitable encounters."--Doris Sommer, author of Proceed With Caution, When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas

"Jos� Lim�n's American Encounters is the beginning of a critical hope fulfilled. Cultural critics can move over and make room, listen up and encounter a Chicano critic who not only speaks about social and symbolic borderlands but who speaks from within the borderlands of race, nation, class, and the Chicano/Mexican/Gringo imagination. Lim�n writes a new map of cultural relationships-southern culture and Greater Mexico, Katherine Anne Porter and Selena, Manuel Gamio and Gary Cooper, Sandra Cisneros and the other Cisneros-and shapes it with a new sensibility of erotic perversions and creativities."--David Carrasco, author of City of Sacrifice

"[Lim�n's] approach is not only nondogmatic but deliciously eclectic, building bridges between popular culture and the highbrow, between literature, politics, and the social sciences."--Ilan Stavans

Introductionp. 1
The Other American South: Southern Culture and Greater Mexicop. 7
Nation, Love, and Labor Lost: Katherine Anne Porter and Manuel Gamiop. 35
Greater Mexico, African - Americans , and the Americanization of Psychoanalysisp. 73
De Acá De Este Lado: Screening Domination and Desirep. 101
Tex Sex Mex: Dirty Mexican Men Aztec Gods, Good Ole Boys and New Texas Womenp. 135
D0mination, Death, and Desire: the Vicissitudes 0f Innocencep. 169
Epilogue: Imagining and Desiring: Greater Mexico and the United Statesp. 207
Notesp. 215
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780807002377
ISBN-10: 0807002372
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 10th November 1999
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition