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    Beyond the Spitfire: Re-visioning Latinas in Sylvia Morales’ A Crushing Love

    Leen, Catherine (2017) Beyond the Spitfire: Re-visioning Latinas in Sylvia Morales’ A Crushing Love. In: Latin American Women Filmmakers: Production, Politics, Poetics (Tauris World Cinema Series). I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, pp. 99-114. ISBN 9781784537111

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    From Dolores del Río to Salma Hayek and from Lupe Vélez to Eva Longoria, the portrayal of Latinas in the United States has provoked debate, criticism and controversy. Since the era of silent movies, Hollywood’s depiction of the Latina has been rigidly prescribed and reductive, while Latinos and Latinas themselves have contested these problematic portrayals in more nuanced and multifaceted visions of their communities. Sylvia Morales’s documentary A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood and Activism (2009) presents a vision of activists and mothers that is radically at odds with the stereotypes of Latinas in Hollywood film and in the US media more generally.1 This chapter examines the film against the context of persistently problematic representation of Latinas in the media and the ways in which Morales’ film counters demeaning images of Chicanas through a multilayered examination of different experiences of motherhood by politically radical women.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Beyond the Spitfire; Re-visioning Latinas; Sylvia Morales; A Crushing Love;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > Spanish
    Item ID: 10279
    Depositing User: Catherine Leen
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 17:13
    Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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