Latino American Cinema
An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends
by Scott L. Baugh
April 2012, 313pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38036-5
$98, £73, 82€, A140
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Latino American cinema encompasses traditions of resistance, suppression, and accommodation, voiced through mainstream commercial movies and crossover-market films as well as independent productions, documentaries, and experimental projects. Latina and Latino media production aptly represents American multiculturalism, revealing insights into the past, present, and future of those in front of and behind the camera.

Latino American cinema is a provocative, complex, and definitively American topic of study. This book examines key mainstream commercial films while also spotlighting often-underappreciated documentaries, avant-garde and experimental projects, independent productions, features and shorts, and more.

Latino American Cinema: An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends serves as an essential primary reference for students of the topic as well as an accessible resource for general readers. The alphabetized entries in the volume cover the key topics of this provocative and complex genre—films, filmmakers, star performers, concepts, and historical and burgeoning trends—alongside frequently overlooked and crucially ignored items of interest in Latino cinema. This comprehensive treatment bridges gaps between traditional approaches to U.S.-Latino and Latin American cinemas, placing subjects of Chicana and Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban and diasporic Cuban, and Mexican origin in perspective with related Central and South American and Caribbean elements.

Many of the entries offer compact definitions, critical discussions, overviews, and analyses of star artists, media productions, and historical moments, while several foundational entries explicate concepts, making this single volume encyclopedia a critical guide as well.

Features

  • Nearly 300 entries on movies, actors and actresses, concepts, and trends
  • A resource guide and bibliography provides listings of online references and databases, research centers, and media distributors
  • Sidebar discussions that elaborate on key points within the entry, spotlight historical and social contexts, and offer examples
Scott L. Baugh is associate professor of film and media studies in the English department at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. He specializes in multicultural American cinema with a focus on Latina/Latino film and media arts. His publications include Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular; specials issues of Journal of Film and Video on experimental cinema and Film & History on Latin American film history; and articles on multicultural American media.

Reviews

"Baugh (film & media studies, Texas Tech Univ.) has compiled an essential scholarly tool for Latino American film and culture studies. . . . This solid resource fills a critical gap in Latino studies reference material."—Library Journal, September 1, 2012

"The resource guide section is particularly well structured, with a list of relevant online academic and commercial resources; Latino research centers in the US, the Caribbean, and South America; and media distributors that handle Latino cinema. College, university, and public libraries serving Latino populations will benefit from this book. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, September 1, 2012
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