Representation in U.S. Film and TV
As pop culture experts Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González show, the way Latinx peoples have appeared and are still represented in mainstream TV and film narratives is as frustrating as it is illuminating. Stereotypes such as drug lords, petty criminals, buffoons, and sexed-up lovers have filled both small and silver screens—and the minds of the public. Aldama and González blaze new paths through Latinx cultural phenomena that disrupt stereotypes, breathing complexity into real Latinx subjectivities and experiences. In this grand sleuthing sweep of Latinx representation in mainstream TV and film that continues to shape the imagination of U.S. society, these two Latinx pop culture authorities call us all to scholarly action.
"Reel Latinxs is an invitation to re-think the problematic history of misrepresentations, to evaluate contemporary texts, and to imagine possible future in which Latinx are represented in yet more complex and nuanced ways."—Manuel G. Aviles-Santiago, The Journal of Arizona History
“Smart and engaging, accessible and comprehensive, this is the best starting place to learn the history of Latinx representation in U.S. film and television. Indispensable!”—Charles Ramírez Berg, Joe M. Dealey, Sr. Professor in Media Studies at University of Texas at Austin
“When media representations remain problematic and often violent in their engagement with growing U.S. Latinx populations, Reel Latinxs offers useful cartographies and thoughtful analyses, shedding light on the strengths and shortcomings in current visual and media culture. In engaging with questions of genre, body, gender, and race, this book provides a vital departing point for necessary conversations regarding Latinxs and media.”—Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis