“Fantasy Heritage”

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:
“Fantasy Heritage”

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This chapter discusses the concept of the “fantasy heritage” and traces the different Latinas in the movie industry. It includes descriptions of the early silent film stars and shows how the Latino/Latina film historiography has disrupted the Eurocentric bias of mainstream film history. One of the most popular Latinas in film, Lupe Vélez, is discussed. It explores the model of a modern “new woman” and studies the meaning of Lupe Vélez's embodied otherness.

Keywords: fantasy heritage; movie industry; silent films; film historiography; mainstream film history; Lupe Vélez; embodied otherness

Chapter.  8166 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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