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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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Haunted by Miscegenation

Haunted by Miscegenation

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meXicana Encounters

Rosa Linda Fregoso

University of California Press

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

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