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The Ethnic Eye

Latino Media Arts

1996

Chon A. Noriega and Ana M. Lopez, editors

The Ethnic Eye

The first in-depth treatment of Latino film and video.

This groundbreaking volume is the first to examine the range of Latino media arts, from independent feature production to documentary to experimental video. The essays explore the work of Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and Latino film and video artists and address avant-garde practices, queer media, and performance art as well as more conventional film and video representations.

Includes close readings of a wide variety of films and videos, including Stand and Deliver, American Me, Bedhead, El Mariachi, Carmelita Tropicana, Improper Conduct, Welcome to America’s Finest Tourist Plantation, Border Brujo, Mérida Proscrita, and Spitfire.

Contributors: Marcos Becquer, Charles Ramírez Berg, C. Ondine Chavoya, Marvin D’Lugo, Claire F. Fox, Ilene S. Goldman, Carmen Huaco-Nuzum, Lillian Jiménez, Alisa Lebow, Scott MacDonald, José Esteban Muñoz, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Kathleen Newman, Christopher Ortiz.

The Ethnic Eye is an invaluable contribution to the burgeoning field of multicultural studies. Rather than focusing on Hollywood’s representation of Latinos, the editors foreground Latino/a self-representation, bringing together probing essays about a wide range of Latino/a media practices. Through critical mappings and close readings of films and videos, this important volume engages the multiple voices of a complex and variegated community.

Ella Shohat, coauthor (with Robert Stam) of Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media

This groundbreaking volume is the first to examine the range of Latino media arts, from independent feature production to documentary to experimental video. The essays explore the work of Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and Latino film and video artists and address avant-garde practices, queer media, and performance art as well as more conventional film and video representations.

Contributors to The Ethnic Eye provide close readings of a wide variety of films and videos, including Stand and Deliver, American Me, Bedhead, El Mariachi, Carmelita Tropicana, Improper Conduct, Welcome to America’s Finest Tourist Plantation, Border Brujo, Mérida Proscrita, and Spitfire. The essays are unified by a concern with the creation of a common ground for Latino media arts, one that is pan-ethnic rather than narrowly transcribed by race, ethnicity, or national heritage. The volume also provides the first in-depth treatment of such artists as Robert Rodriquez, Ela Troyano, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and Frances Salomé España. Eclectic in the range of media artists and works considered, The Ethnic Eye is unique in its inclusion of site-specific public art, as well as performance-based works.

Contributors: Marcos Becquer; Charles Ramírez Berg, U of Texas; C. Ondine Chavoya; Marvin D’Lugo, Clark U; Claire F. Fox, Stanford U; Ilene S. Goldman; Carmen Huaco-Nuzum, U of California, Davis; Lillian Jiménez; Alisa Lebow; Scott MacDonald, Utica College; José Esteban Muñoz, New York U; Frances Negrón-Muntaner; Kathleen Newman, U of Iowa; Christopher Ortiz.

The Ethnic Eye

Chon A. Noriega is associate professor in the Department of Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. His previous books include Chicanos and Film: Representation and Resistance (Minnesota, 1992) and, as coeditor, The Mexican Cinema Project (1994). Ana M. López is associate professor of communication at Tulane University, and coeditor of Mediating Two Worlds: Cinematic Encounters in the Americas (1993).

The Ethnic Eye

The Ethnic Eye is an invaluable contribution to the burgeoning field of multicultural studies. Rather than focusing on Hollywood’s representation of Latinos, the editors foreground Latino/a self-representation, bringing together probing essays about a wide range of Latino/a media practices. Through critical mappings and close readings of films and videos, this important volume engages the multiple voices of a complex and variegated community.

Ella Shohat, coauthor (with Robert Stam) of Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media

These essays provide a substantial wealth of information about the fraught realities involved in a non-mainstream culture’s efforts at self-representation through film, video, and other related media. Explicitly or implicitly, the authors’ analyses contribute toward a problematization of the specific marker ‘Latino,’ a problematization that should offer suggestive points of comparison for all those exploring the ambiguities of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultural identities in multiple other contexts.

Rey Chow, author of Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Indeed, this collection of essays is impressive in not only the quality of scholarship that the various authors demonstrate, which is consistently high, but also in the scope of material treated.

Virginia Quarterly Review

The Ethnic Eye presents essays on Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and Latino gay and lesbian film and media. The contributors reflect a similar diversity and represent a new generation of media scholars, film professionals, and artisits. The Ethnic Eye is a significant contribution to the analyses of subjectivity-specific media production. The text asserts the importance of Latino media artists and the emergence of new critical voices. Along with a useful list of the distributors of Latino media, Noriega and López have compiled an excellent sampling of work that helps readers understand the paradoxical locations of Latino media artists.

Journal of Popular Film and Television