Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction
The Cultural Production of Social Anxiety
Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction sets out to reconfigure the scope of Latino literary and cultural studies. Integrating histories of different regions and nations, the book sets the interplay of unresolved contradictions in this particular metropolitan area. The novelists studied here stem from multiple areas, including the U.S. Southwest, Guatemala, and Chile. The study also incorporates non-Latino writers who have contributed to the Latino culture of the city.
The first chapter examines Latino cultural production from an ecocritical perspective on urban interethnic relations. Chapter 2 concentrates on the representation of daily life in the barrio and the marginalization of Latino urban youth. The third chapter explores the space of women and how female characters expand their area of operations from the domestic space to the public space of both the barrio and the city.
A much-needed contribution to the fields of urban theory, race critical theory, Chicana/o–Latina/o studies, and Los Angeles writing and film, López-Calvo offers multiple theoretical perspectives—including urban theory, ecocriticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, and cultural studies—contextualized with notions of transnationalism and post-nationalism.
“For the many AATSP members who have already begun to include the Hispanic United States as a component in Bilingual and Multicultural Studies programs, or who wish to do so, Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction helps us expand our horizons by identifying key texts that graphically portray life and death in the largest urban concentration of Hispanic origin people in the United States.”—Project Muse
“Highly recommended.”—Choice Reviews