Gender, Multiculturalism, and the Missionary Position on the Borderlands

Rosa Linda Fregoso

in meXicana Encounters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520229976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937284 | DOI:
Gender, Multiculturalism, and the Missionary Position on the Borderlands

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This chapter looks at the cinematic strategies that are used to reinforce the prevailing racial and patriarchal structures, in relation to Mexicana and Chicana representation. The first section of the chapter provides a personal account of the author's memories that are associated with the phrase “Forget the Alamo.” This is followed by a discussion of U.S. filmmakers and their efforts to place the figure of the border or borderlands as a central element in a historical revisionist project. It notes that hundreds of films on the Mexico-U.S. border have been made in Hollywood since the early days of silent cinema. The chapter also considers the denial of social relations between the races and the discourse on motherhood that is found in the film Lone Star.

Keywords: racial structures; patriarchal structures; cinematic strategies; Lone Star; borderlands; social relations; motherhood

Chapter.  9524 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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