Eva P. Bueno teaches Spanish and comparative literature at Penn State Univ., Dubois. She has published Resisting Boundaries (1995) and essays on Spanish-American and Brazilian literature in MLN, Revista de critica literaria latinoamericana, Sociocriticism, and others. She is editing The Feminist Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature and Naming the Father.
Can scholarly pursuit of soap operas and folk art actually reveal a national imagination? This innovative collection features studies of iconography in Mexico, telenovelas in Venezuela, drama in Chile, cinema in Brazil, comic strips and tango in Argentina, and ceramics in Peru. In examining these popular arts, the scholars gathered here ask the same broad questions: what precisely is a national culture at the level of the popular? The national idea in Latin America emerges from these pages as a problematic, divided one, worth sustained attention in the field of culture studies. Many different arts come forth in all their richness and vitality, compelling us to look, listen, and understand.