Book of the week: March 29, 2007
Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America
By William Anthony NericcioA rogues’ gallery of Mexican bandits, bombshells, lotharios and thieves saturates American popular culture. Remember Speedy Gonzalez? “Mexican Spitfire” Lupe Velez? The Frito Bandito? Familiar and reassuring - at least to Anglos - these Mexican stereotypes are not a people but a text, a carefully woven, articulated and consumer-ready commodity. In this original, provocative, and highly entertaining book, SDSU Professor William Anthony Nericcio deconstructs “Tex[t]-Mexicans” in films, television, advertising, comic books, toys, literature and even critical theory, revealing them to be less flesh-and-blood than “seductive hallucinations.”
Dennis Wills at D.G. Wills Books made this wee’s selection.