Dance and the Hollywood Latina asks why every Latina star in Hollywood history, from Dolores Del Rio in the 1920s to Jennifer Lopez in the 2000s, began as a dancer or danced onscreen. While cinematic depictions of women and mirities have seemingly improved, a century of representing brown women as natural dancers has popularized the tion that Latinas are inherently passionate and promiscuous. Yet some Latina actresses became stars by embracing and manipulating these stereotypical fantasies. Introducing the concepts of inbetween-ness and racial mobility to further illuminate how racialized sexuality and the dancing female body operate in film, Priscilla Pena Ovalle focuses on the careers of Dolores Del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Carmen Miranda, Rita More, and Jennifer Lopez. Dance and the Hollywood Latina helps readers better understand how the United States grapples with race, gender, and sexuality through dancing bodies on screen.
PRISCILLA PENA OVALLE is an assistant professor of film and media studies at the University of Oregon.
Priscilla Pena Ovalle
Rutgers University Press
Date of Publication
Music & Dance
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