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Review: Mexico on Main Street: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles Before World War II by Colin Gunckel

Review: Mexico on Main Street: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles Before World War II by... BOOK REVIEWS 133 Jeremiah Sladeck, is a third-year graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles who works on violence in nineteenth-century California. Specific topics include vigilante violence in gold-rush Los Angeles and the Indigenous experience in the Franciscan mission system. MEXICO ON MAIN STREET: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles Before World War II. By Colin Gunckel. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015, 256 pp. $29.95 paper.) Reviewed by Keara Goin. Part urban historical account, part audi- ence study, and part industrial survey, Colin Gunckel’s Mexico on Main Street is an important investigation into Los Angeles as a center of Mexican film cul- ture. Not only a beneficial work for those studying pre-WWII Los Angeles and Mexican-American culture, it also serves as a valuable contribution to media stud- ies, Latino media studies, and audience studies more broadly. Most importantly, Mexico on Main Street explores and pro- blematizes the role of film culture as a force of identity construction, suggest- ing that the articulation of Mexicanidad, or L.A. Mexican identity, was negotiated within the cultural spaces of the down- town Los Angeles, Spanish-language the- ater district by entertainment journalists, cultural and class elites, and working- class Mexican immigrants http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern California Quarterly University of California Press

Review: Mexico on Main Street: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles Before World War II by Colin Gunckel

Southern California Quarterly , Volume 98 (1): 3 – Feb 1, 2016

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University of California Press
Copyright
© 2016 by The Historical Society of Southern California
ISSN
0038-3929
eISSN
2162-8637
DOI
10.1525/ucpsocal.2016.98.1.133
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BOOK REVIEWS 133 Jeremiah Sladeck, is a third-year graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles who works on violence in nineteenth-century California. Specific topics include vigilante violence in gold-rush Los Angeles and the Indigenous experience in the Franciscan mission system. MEXICO ON MAIN STREET: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles Before World War II. By Colin Gunckel. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015, 256 pp. $29.95 paper.) Reviewed by Keara Goin. Part urban historical account, part audi- ence study, and part industrial survey, Colin Gunckel’s Mexico on Main Street is an important investigation into Los Angeles as a center of Mexican film cul- ture. Not only a beneficial work for those studying pre-WWII Los Angeles and Mexican-American culture, it also serves as a valuable contribution to media stud- ies, Latino media studies, and audience studies more broadly. Most importantly, Mexico on Main Street explores and pro- blematizes the role of film culture as a force of identity construction, suggest- ing that the articulation of Mexicanidad, or L.A. Mexican identity, was negotiated within the cultural spaces of the down- town Los Angeles, Spanish-language the- ater district by entertainment journalists, cultural and class elites, and working- class Mexican immigrants

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Southern California QuarterlyUniversity of California Press

Published: Feb 1, 2016

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