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Listening to Salsa
Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures
Frances R. Aparicio

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• List of Illustrations
• Preface
• PART I THE DANZA AND THE PLENA: RACIALIZING WOMEN, FEMINIZING MUSIC
• A Literary Prelude
• A White Lady Called the Danza
• A Sensual Mulatta Called the Plena
• Desiring the Racial Other: Rosario Ferré’s Feminist
• Reconstructions of Danza and Plena
• PART II THE PLURAL SITES OF SALSA
• A Postmodern Preface
• Situating Salsa
• Ideological Negotiations: Between Hegemony and Resistance
• Cultural (Mis)Translations and Crossover Nightmares
• PART III DISSONANT MELODIES: SINGING GENDER, DESIRE, AND CONFLICT
• Theoretical Pretexts: Listening (as) Woman
• Woman as Absence: Hetero(homo)sexual Desire in the Bolero
• Patriarchal Synecdoches: Of Women’s Butts and Feminist Rebuttals
• Singing the Gender Wars
• Singing Female Subjectivities
• PART IV ASÍ SOMOS, ASÍ SON: REWRITING SALSA
• Listening to the Listeners: An Introduction
• Así Son: Construction Woman
• Así Somos: Rewriting Patriarchy
• Afterword
• Notes
• Index of Songs and Recordings
• General Index

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