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    The Final Frontier: Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s The Great Mojado Invasion


    Leen, Catherine (2009) The Final Frontier: Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s The Great Mojado Invasion. In: Imagined Transnationalism. U.S. Latino/a Literature, Culture, and Identity. Palgrave Macmillan, US, pp. 221-235. ISBN 978-0-230-10332-0

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    Abstract

    Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who has been described as “without question the best-known Latino, Chicano, Mexican performance artist in the United States, Latin America, and the art world of the North Atlantic corridor,” is a transnational figure in terms of both his biography and his work (Mendieta 2003, 539). Gómez-Peña has forged a composite identity as a Mexican-born artist who resides mainly in the United States and who describes himself as a “Mexican in the process of Chicanoization” (Gómez-Peña 2000, 21). His writings, performances, and filmic works, especially The Great Mojado Invasion (The 2nd US-Mexico War [2001]), which will be the focus of this chapter, seamlessly blend high and pop culture as he interrogates notions of cultural belonging and exclusion. Together with his long-term collaborators, Pocha Nostra, Gómez-Peña joins forces with performance artists and activists across the globe, producing works that create new spaces and communities through performances and Internet projects that transcend easy categorization in terms of race, gender, and even species. Given the fact that his own life has involved movements across borders of different kinds that are mirrored in his artistic practice, transnationalism provides a useful framework for the analysis of his work.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Final Frontier; Guillermo Gómez-Peña; The Great Mojado Invasion;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > Spanish
    Item ID: 10265
    Depositing User: Catherine Leen
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 15:53
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    Refereed: Yes
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