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meXicana EncountersThe Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands$
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Rosa Linda Fregoso

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229976

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229976.001.0001

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“Fantasy Heritage”

“Fantasy Heritage”

Tracking Latina Bloodlines

(p.103) Chapter Six “Fantasy Heritage”
meXicana Encounters

Rosa Linda Fregoso

University of California Press

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

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