Celebrating Latinx books, films and music

Celebrating Latinx books, films and music

2020/10/23

Tisch’s Pop up Library initiative was created to highlight materials by and about people of marginalized identities, and to build collaborative relationships with partners across Tufts.  The media shared below highlights work made by and for the Latinx community.  

Since we were not able to plan an in-person event this year, we decided create a virtual scrolling table to keep with the visual nature of our in-person displays.  For more information about each work, see the list below for short descriptions.

Is there a book by a Latinx author you want to read but can't access digitally?  Do you listen to a podcast that focuses on the Latinx community that you think everyone should hear?  Want to learn more about Latinx history but don't know where to start?  We're are working on a community wishlist that includes recommendations for books, films and programming that focuses on the Latinx community.  Feel free to share your ideas and wishes here or contact Quetzalli Barrientos (quetzalli.barrientos [at] tufts.edu) or Kimberly Forero-Arnías (kimberly.forero [at] tufts.edu). 

 

Streaming Playlists

Linked below are two streaming playlists, one film and one music, showcasing the range of experiences connected with the Latinx community.  To connect with these resources you will need to log-in with your Tufts credentials.

1. Latinx Movie Playlist Streaming on Kanopy 

2. Latinx Music Playlist Streaming from Alexander Street Press

Visual Table Display (scroll down to see more)

Books

Between Two Worlds

Américo Paredes

This landmark collection is a life's work in poetry by the famous folklorist, novelist and mentor of at least two generations of Chicano scholars and writers.

African Passions and Other Stories

Beatriz Rivera

Stories on strong Cuban women who live in a Hispanic barrio in Jersey City, pursuing love and wealth, frequently with rather weak men.

 

Black Widow's Wardrobe

Lucha Corpi

Was it a spectre from the past, some Aztec revenant that had inspired the "Black Widow" to kill her husband? Who better than Gloria Damasco, that indomitable detective with a flair for clairvoyance, to unravel this intricate and pulsing plot. Gloria soon finds herself in an uncanny struggle to rescue the soul of Licia, the Black Widow, who believes herself possessed by the spirit of La Malinche. 

 

Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Horror Cinema

Gustavo Subero

Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Horror Cinema explores the different mechanisms and strategies through which horror films attempt to reinforce or contest gender relations and issues of sexual identity in the continent. The book explores issues of machismo, marianismo, homosociality, bromance, among others through the lens of horror narratives and, especially, it offers an analysis of monstrosity and the figure of the monster as an outlet to play out socio-sexual anxieties in different societies or gender groups. The author looks at a wide rage of films from countries such as Cuba, Peru, Mexico and Argentina and draws points of commonality, as well as comparing essential differences, between the way that horror fictions - considered by many as low-brow cinema - can be effective to delve into the way that sexuality and gender operates and circulates in the popular imaginary in these regions. 

 

Intersections of harm : narratives of Latina deviance and defiance

Laura Halperin

In this innovative new study, Laura Halperin examines literary representations of harm inflicted on Latinas' minds and bodies, and on the places Latinas inhabit, but she also explores how hope can be found amid so much harm.

 

Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night

Maria DeGuzmán

Often treated like night itself―both visible and invisible, feared and romanticized―Latina/os make up the largest minority group in the US. In her newest work, María DeGuzmán explores representations of night in art and literature from the Caribbean, Colombia, Central and South America, and the US, calling into question night's effect on the formation of identity for Latina/os in and outside of the US. She takes as her subject novels, short stories, poetry, essays, non-fiction, photo-fictions, photography, and film, and examines these texts through the lenses of nationhood, sexuality, human rights, exoticism, among others. 

 

Latining America : black-brown passages and the coloring of Latino/a studies

Claudia Milian

With Latining America, Claudia Milian proposes that the economies of blackness, brownness, and dark brownness summon a new grammar for Latino/a studies that she names ""Latinities."" Milian's innovative study argues that this ensnared economy of meaning startles the typical reading practices deployed for brown Latino/a embodiment. Latining America keeps company with and challenges existent models of Latinidad, demanding a distinct paradigm that puts into question what is understood as Latino and Latina today. Milian conceptually considers how underexplored ""Latin"" participants--the southern. 

 

The color of privilege: three blasphemies on race and feminism

Aída Hurtado

This groundbreaking and important book explores how women of different ethnic/racial groups conceive of feminism. Arguing against the normative feminist model based on white women's experience, Aida Hurtado advances a theory of relational privilege to explain that the different responses to feminism are not so much the result of personality or cultural differences between white women and women of color, but of their differing relationship to white men. Written from an interdisciplinary, multicultural standpoint that draws from psychology, economics, political science, and feminist theory, Hurtado's analysis is enriched by selections from poems by Sandra Cisneros,Gloria Anzaldua, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and Elba Sanchez, and from plays by El Teatro Campesino, the United Farm Workers theater group.

 

Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas

Robb Hernandez

This book brings together contemporary artists from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. Science fiction offers a unique artistic landscape in which to explore the colonial enterprise that shaped the Americas and to present alternative perspectives speculating on the past and the future.

Home---So Different, So Appealing

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Project)

This volume explores works by diverse U.S. Latino and Latin American artists whose engagement with the concept of home provides the basis for an alternative narrative of post-war art. This book reveals the departures and confluences that continue to shape US Latino and Latin American art and expands our appreciation of these artists and their work.

Films

Todo lo de mas/Everything Else

Natalie Almeada

Natalia Almada's debut fiction film explores the interior life of Doña Flor as she awakens from her bureaucratic malaise and yearns to become visible again. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucratic dehumanization is a brutal form of violence, the story ultimately becomes a mesmerizing contemplation on solitude.

I AM THE QUEEN

Henrique Cirre-Lima, Josue Pellot

I AM THE QUEEN follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prepare for the pageant under the guidance of Ginger Valdez, an experienced transgender from the neighborhood. These trans women share stories of their transition, their relatives' varying reactions, and how they find support from within the community.  Family dynamics, cultural heritage, and personal identity all play a part in how the contestants face the daily struggle that comes from being true to themselves. 

 

Madeinusa

Claudia Llosa

The film stars Magaly Solier and addresses the fears of abused women during Peru's recent history.

 

In Jackson Heights

Fred Wiseman

Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. The people who live in Jackson Heights, in their cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, are representative of the new wave of immigrants to America. 

 

Embrace of the Serpent

Ciro Guerra

Tracking two parallel odysseys through the Amazon three decades apart, this visionary adventure epic from Colombian director Ciro Guerra offers a heart-rending depiction of colonialism laying waste to indigenous culture. 

 

Music

The Very Best - El Sabor De Cuba

Bebo Valdés

Bebo Valdés, was a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was a central figure in the golden age of Cuban music, especially due to his big band arrangements and compositions of mambo, chachachá and batanga, a genre he created in 1952.

This 2007 compilation featuring all the hits recorded by Bebo Valdes with the legendary Sabor de Cuba band (1957-1960) and several tracks that appeared in the pre-configuration of that band with mainly the same personnel. 25 tracks including 'Sabor', 'Mississippi Mambo', 'Siempre Cantando' and more. 

Raices Habaneras

David Oquendo

David Oquendo, vocalist and music director of Raices Habaneras, founded his ensemble in order to preserve the pure form and essence of Cuban rhythms.

Folk Songs of Puerto Rico

Henrietta Yurchenco with Peter Gold & Peter Yurchenco

Raíces Latinas: Smithsonian Folkways Latino Roots Collection

Various Artists

Featuring some of the finest Latino roots music the Smithsonian Folkways archive has to offer from such artists as Nati Cano’s Los Camperos, Luiz Bonfa, and Cuarteto Patria and Compay Segundo (Buena Vista Social Club), this specially priced CD brings you a collection of Latino sounds beyond the conventional! Much like rock ‘n’ roll, Latino music evolved from folk traditions. Raíces Latinas is a celebration of these Amerindian, African, and European influences in music of Latino heritage and a representation of the lively creativity that gives birth to the music of the Americas. Including Latino roots music from the Caribbean to the Andes and from Brazil to the American Southwest, Raíces Latinas invites you to discover the music behind la música! 

 

¡Parranda! Venezuelan Carnival Music

Venezuela’s Caribbean coastal town of Naiguatá is home to one of that country’s most celebrated Carnival musical traditions. In the 1970’s, trumpeter Ricardo Díaz augmented the local legacy of Afro-Caribbean drumming traditions with brass, electric bass, keyboard, and women’s chorus to create La Sardina de Naiguatá, the musical group that drives the town’s annual cycle of public celebrations, including Carnival, Corpus Christi, and St. John the Baptist. ¡Parranda! brings us the contemporary, joyous sounds of the pre-Christian rite of “burying the sardine” to promote an abundant harvest of fish and crops.