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So you all know the term "orientalism," right? Invented by Edward Said to indicate the western European set of ideas and images and metaphors and stories about the Middle East which supported formal and informal colonialism between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century, right? A very handy term - once you know what it is, you start to see it everywhere, which was kind of Said's point I guess.

Anyway. My question: is there an equivalent word to sum up the set of ideas and images and metaphors and stories from the US (and France, and Britain) about Latin America from the mid-nineteenth century to the present? You know what I mean - the idea that all those people "down there" are "hotblooded little brown people" and so on and so on and so on on on. I need a word. Unless I should just use "orientalism." But probably not.


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Date: 2011-06-21 10:48 pm (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
Sorry, haven't got a word for you -- and I checked with the SU, who went to Univ. of Arizona, lived in the southwest for decades, and he hasn't run across anything either.

Date: 2011-06-21 11:07 pm (UTC)
laughingrat: A detail of leaping rats from an original movie poster for the first film of Nosferatu (Default)
From: [personal profile] laughingrat
Interesting. I wonder if nobody's bothered to talk about it that way before, giving it a name and identifying it as a discrete phenomenon? You could be the first!

Date: 2011-06-21 11:16 pm (UTC)
laughingrat: A detail of leaping rats from an original movie poster for the first film of Nosferatu (Default)
From: [personal profile] laughingrat
Well, people have probably talked about it, but...have they coined a word and talked about the ways it is unique when aimed at Latin Americans? Hmm!

I guess...not so much database searching, but maybe a look at subject-specific bibliographies might be a good way to check? (I'm curious about this because I rarely get to do in-depth, srs academic reference what with being a community-college librarian.)

Date: 2011-06-22 12:46 am (UTC)
laughingrat: A detail of leaping rats from an original movie poster for the first film of Nosferatu (Default)
From: [personal profile] laughingrat
*nodnod* That's what I meant, yeah, if you can verify nobody's coined one yet...bingo! :-D

Date: 2011-06-22 12:09 am (UTC)
crypto: Amy Pond (Default)
From: [personal profile] crypto
I don't have a word for you, but the question makes me think of Cynthia Enloe's Bananas, Beaches & Bases and Carmen Miranda (Mirandaismo?).

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