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CMAS Plática: William Nericcio

Fri, September 23, 2011 | Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

On the Trail of {S}ecstatic Cinematic Divas: The Mexican Spitfire and Other Goddesses in the Pantheon of Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares

This plática by William Nericcio builds on the arguments made in a key chapter of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America (2007, UT Press). That piece, "Lupe Vélez Regurgitated; or, Jesus's Kleenex: Cautionary, Indigestion-Inspiring Ruminations on "Mexicans" in "American" Toilets" sought to understand the loving/loathing dialectic afoot in the history of Latina representation in Hollywood. With "{S}ecstatic Cinematic Divas" Nericcio continues his devotion to the ghost of Lupe, extrapolating his findings to more contemporary Latina stars/targets like Eva Mendes, Salma Hayek, and William Levy.

William "Memo" Nericcio directs an interdisciplinary/cultural studies program known as M.A.L.A.S. (Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences) at San Diego State University. Additionally, he serves there as a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and a member of the faculties in the department of Chicana/o Studies (CCS) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Nericcio dabbles in an publishes in various fields including 20th and 21st century American Literature, Latin American Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, Film Theory, Cultural Studies, and semiotics--though whispers suggest he is best known as the bastard, "rascuache" student of Deconstruction.

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