Secular Saints

Secular Saints Performing Frida Kahlo, Carlos Gardel, Eva Perón, and Selena - Colección Támesis. Serie A, Monografías

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Publisher's Synopsis

The sanctification of stardom Contemporary icons are drawn from popular culture - musicians, artists, actors, and other personalities we hear on radio or see on television, on screen, in print and in cyberspace. Today's 'gods' are media personalities, and cults surround stars and artists like Frida Kahlo, Carlos Gardel, Eva Perón, and Selena. Because of transnational and global trends in importing and exporting cultural products, the paintings, music, and politics that these figures crafted accrue symbolic meaning in multiple formats. By viewing them through the lens of performance art we can begin to see how their polyvalent personas were first molded and perfected for the public through paintings, tangos, politics, and Tejano music. Once they fashioned their own complex images, these multi-layered icons continued to travel after death over international boundaries, gendered divisions, political borders, and language barriers. Their reincarnation on stage has allowed dramatists to affix and generate new associations, thus converting them into secular saints for contemporary audiences. SARAH M. MISEMER lectures in Hispanic Studies at TexasA&M University, College Station.

Book information

ISBN: 9781855661615
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Imprint: Tamesis Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.484
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 183
Weight: 449g
Height: 234mm
Width: 164mm
Spine width: 20mm