Popular Music

Authored by: Frances R. Aparicio

The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415666060
eBook ISBN: 9780203097199
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221613


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In Latino/a cultural politics, to write a literary text is to give voice to the disenfranchised and to express in a public format the experiences, values, and ideologies of a local community, a gesture of resistance that becomes most salient in times of globalization. In addition to writing stories that function as alternative, counter-narratives to their invisibility in US official historiography, Latino/a authors also deploy musical intertexts and references to examine differentials of race, class, gender, and sexuality. In this chapter, I will trace some of the most salient examples of the influence and intertextual presence of popular music in US Latino/a literature, focusing on the significant critical scholarship that has examined these interartistic texts in which words and sounds transform each other.

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