Haunted by Miscegenation

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:
Haunted by Miscegenation

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This chapter is concerned with the “Mexicanist presence” found in the narratives of silent moviemakers. It investigates the interweaving of racial formation processes in cinema in the history of nation building. It also analyzes how a group of films can contribute to a cultural memory of denial by focusing on events where Mexicana visibility figures prominently in questions of national identity. The chapter determines that the Western films set in the “frontier” best capture the anxieties of the nation about the Mexicanist presence.

Keywords: Mexicanist presence; silent moviemakers; narratives; racial formation processes; cultural memory; Mexicana visibility; national identity

Chapter.  9153 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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