The woman in the zoot suit gender, nationalism, and the cultural politics of memory by Catherine Sue RamiМЃrez

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Published by Duke University Press in Durham .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Mexican American women -- California -- Los Angeles -- Ethnic identity,
  • Mexican American women -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions,
  • Mexican American women -- History -- 20th century,
  • Mexican American women -- Social conditions,
  • Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1943

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Book details

StatementCatherine S. Ramirez.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsE184.M5 R329 2009
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22678956M
ISBN 109780822342861, 9780822343035
LC Control Number2008041777

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With their striking attire, pachucos and pachucas represented a new generation of Mexican American youth, which arrived on the public scene in the s. Yet while pachucos have often been the subject of literature, visual art, and scholarship, The Woman in the Zoot Suit is the first book focused on pachucas.

The Woman In the Zoot Suit adds to Duke University's excellent collection of studies on clothing, identity, racism, sexuality, and women's history. As Catherine Ramirez /5(78). This book is a historical work which covers the topic of Women and Zoot Suits from World War II to the Chicano Movement. Ramirez emphasizes the participation of women in zoot suit culture during WWII making use of the few sources that exist, including some important ones that have been neglected by other academics on the subject.5/5.

The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory. By Catherine Ramirez. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, xxvi + pp. "In this engaging and perceptive book, Catherine S. Ramirez locates Mexican American women zoot suiters (pachucas) in wartime zoot-suit culture and the cultural politics of Chicano nationalism.5/5(5).

For these reasons, The Woman in the Zoot Suit will appeal to a wide audience, including scholars, feminists, students of the Chicano and Chicana movement, and the general public. " -- Miroslava Chavez-Garcia * Women's Review of Books * "The Woman in the Zoot Suit is rife with teaching moments.

Ramirez kicks off the book with challenging Author: Catherine Sue Ramirez. The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory Catherine Sue Ramirez, Author, Ramirez, Author. Duke Univ. $ (p) ISBN The play Zoot Suit is a historical piece of evidence in L.A around World War II.

The play author Luis Valdez grabs the reader’s attention throughout the play by show brief evidence of the racial collision in L.A between Chicanos and the opposing races against their decisions/5. Yet while pachucos have often been the subject of literature, visual art, and scholarship, The Woman in the Zoot Suit is the first book focused on pachucas.

Two events in wartime Los Angeles thrust young Mexican American zoot suiters into the media spotlight. In the Sleepy Lagoon incident, a man was murdered during a mass brawl in August Yet while pachucos have often been the subject of literature, visual art, and scholarship, The Woman in the Zoot Suit is the first book focused on pachucas.

Two events in wartime Los Angeles thrust young Mexican American zoot suiters into the media spotlight. The Woman in the Zoot Suit, by Ramírez | BooK REvIEwS Despite distancing themselves from the unfavorable stereotype of pachu-cas, zoot-suit women remained proud of their choices to participate in the life-style.

During the Chicano movement, Ramírez notes, the figure of la pachuca. What distinguished the zoot suit from other suits at the time was its accentuation of the male form.

As Kathy Peiss writes in her book Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style, what made “the suit ‘zoot’ was the way it pulled out the lines and shape of the traditional suit to widen a man’s shoulders, lengthen his torso, and loosen his limbs.”Author: Khanya Mtshali. e-Duke books scholarly collection.

The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory. By Catherine S. Ramírez. Catherine S. Ramírez Catherine S. Ramírez is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Santa.

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Two events in wartime Los Angeles thrust young Mexican American zoot suiters into the media spotlight. In the Sleepy Lagoon incident, a man was murdered during a mass brawl in August Price: $   Henry gets sent to solitary confinement after pushing a prison guard.

Throughout the events of the play, he is visited by a vision of El Pachuco, the archetype of the zoot suit-wearing Chicano. While the gang is in jail, the Zoot Suit Riots break out all over Los Angeles and neighboring cities.

The boys are eventually released from jail. Get this from a library. The woman in the zoot suit: gender, nationalism, and the cultural politics of memory. [Catherine S Ramírez]. The Woman in The Zoot Suit. Catherine Ramirez. Duke University Press This past week, I was smitten by The Woman in the Zoot Suit.

I carried her around in my plastic book bag like a secret treasure. She rode shotgun in my car, spoke to me in Calo. We shared Vietnamese coffee and sandwiches over lunch. Zoot Suit is a play based on the Zoot Suit riots in Los Angeles, California, in The Zoot Suit riots were a series of riots between servicemen, Marines, and young Mexican-Americans (pachucos).

The Woman in the Zoot Suit (Duke University Press, ) is about the participation of women in the Mexican-American zoot subculture and the significance of the figure of the Mexican-American zoot-suiter.

The zoot subculture of the s and s was a primarily urban, youth culture distinctive for its music, slang, and style of dress. Fox was one among many, from Chicago to Harlem to Memphis, who took credit for inventing the zoot suit—the term came out of African-American slang—but it was actually unbranded and illicit.

As a suit, the zoot suit conveyed a sense of masculinity and maturity. The square shoulders gave the wearer a “macho look” (Tyler,p. Women also participated in the zoot suit fad. Mexican American “slick chicks” or pachucas in Los Angeles wore.

The Woman in the Zoot Suit is a complicated and important text. Catherine Ramirez's "intervention" has several meanings: therapeutic, political, and aesthetic. The book will stir critical thinking, the best hope of this multidisciplinary study in history and textual analysis.

The woman in the zoot suit: Gender, nationalism, and the cultural politics of memory Richard Mora 1 Latino Studies volume 8, pages – () Cite this articleAuthor: Richard Mora.

In her book, The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory, Catherine Ramírez, quotes and follows cultural critic Kobena Mercer's notion that "style was not a substitute for politics.

But, in the absence of an organized direction of black political discourse and in a political situation where blacks were. The Woman in the Zoot Suit is a welcomed addition to the academic literature. It will undoubtedly influence future scholarship on Mexican American history, pachucas, pachu-quismo, Chicano nationalism, linguistics and feminist Chicana artists and writers.

In addi-tion, this relatively brief book provides an excellent example of an imaginative. InFrom Coveralls to Zoot Suits, Elizabeth R. Escobedo explores how, as war workers and volunteers, dance hostesses and zoot suiters, respectable young ladies and rebellious daughters, these young women used wartime conditions to serve the United States in its time of need and to pursue their own even after the war, as Escobedo shows.

Zoot Suit Riots, a series of conflicts that occurred in June in Los Angeles between U.S. servicemen and Mexican American youths, the latter of whom wore outfits called zoot suits. The zoot suit consisted of a broad-shouldered drape jacket, balloon-leg trousers, and, sometimes, a flamboyant hat.

Mexican and Mexican American youths who wore. The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of conflicts on June 3–8, in Los Angeles, California, United States, which pitted American servicemen stationed in Southern California against Mexican-American youths who were residents of the city.

It was one of the dozen wartime industrial cities that suffered race-related riots in the summer ofalong with Mobile, Alabama; Beaumont, Texas Location: Los Angeles County, California, United.

The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of violent clashes during which mobs of U.S. servicemen, off-duty police officers and civilians brawled with young Latinos and other minorities in.

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies landed their only Billboard hit in with the song "Zoot Suit Riot," and in"Zoot Suit" was a cut from The Who's ambitious rock opera "Quadrophenia." Ina play called "Zoot Suit"—based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the Zoot Suit Riots—lasted for 41 performances on Broadway.

Pachuco men wore suits that featured trousers with a high-waist line and wide-leg cut that filtered down into a tight-cuff. The long suit coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders easily distinguished zoot suits from all other types of suits.

Some men accessorized the zoot suit by wearing pancake hats and hanging long chain from their belt. While the popular understanding of the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles concentrates on the racial tensions between young Mexican American and white servicemen, some contemporaries attributed the outbreaks of violence to the competition between the two groups over young Mexican American women.

In the book, Peiss, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, examines the fashion phenomenon that became so politically polarizing it played a part in sparking a vicious uprising in California, known as the Zoot Suit Riots.

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The title of my book is “Zoot Suit and Other Plays” written by Luis Valdez. This story takes place on the year in the city of Los Angeles, California. The archetype of the "Pachuco," in his zoot suit and his flamboyant adornments, is an image of confident and smooth masculinity.

The Chicano men in the play pride themselves on their masculinity, their prowess with women, and their ability to lead with a certain amount of machismo.

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