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  • Zapotec Women
    Author(s): Stephen, Lynn

    In this extensively revised and updated second edition of her classic ethnography, Lynn Stephen explores the intersection of gender, class, and indigenous ethnicity in southern Mexico. She provides a detailed study of how the lives of women weavers and merchants in the Zapotec-speaking town of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, have changed in response to the international demand for Oaxacan textiles. Based on Stephen’s research in Teotitlán during the mid-1980s, in 1990, and between 2001 and 2004, this volume provides a unique view of a Zapotec community balancing a rapidly advancing future in export production with an entrenched past anchored in indigenous culture.

    Stephen presents new information about the weaving cooperatives women have formed over the last two decades in an attempt to gain political and cultural rights within their community and standing as independent artisans within the global market. She also addresses the place of Zapotec weaving within Mexican folk art and the significance of increased migration out of Teotitlán. The women weavers and merchants collaborated with Stephen on the research for this book, and their perspectives are key to her analysis of how gender relations have changed within rituals, weaving production and marketing, local politics, and family life. Drawing on the experiences of women in Teotitlán, Stephen considers the prospects for the political, economic, and cultural participation of other indigenous women in Mexico under the policies of economic neoliberalism which have prevailed since the 1990s.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822387510
    Publication Date: 2005-09-26
    author-list-text: Lynn Stephen
    1. Lynn Stephen
    contrib-author: Lynn Stephen
    copyright-year: 2005
    eisbn: 9780822387510
    illustrations-note: 22 photos, 37 tables, 2 maps
    isbn-cloth: 9780822336037
    isbn-paper: 9780822336419
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    A classic study of Zapotec women weavers and their reactions to global capitalism.

    subtitle: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca
  • Zhang Hongtu
    Author(s): Lee, Luchia Meihua; Silbergeld, Jerome

    In this book, leading art experts, art historians, and critics review the life, career, and artistic development of New York based Chinese artist Zhang Hongtu. A pioneer in contemporary Chinese art, Zhang created the first example of "China Pop" art, and his oeuvre is as diverse, intellectually complex, and engaging as it is entertaining. From painting and sculpture to computer generated works and multimedia projects, Zhang's art is equally rich in terms of China's history and its current events, containing profound reflections on China's oldest cultural habits and contemporary preoccupations. He provides a model of cross-cultural interaction designed to make Asian and Western audiences look more closely at each other and at themselves to recognize the beliefs they hold and the unexamined values they adhere to.

    From his early work in China during the Cultural Revolution to his decades as an artist in New York, Zhang reflects the complex attitudes of a scholar-artist toward modernity, as well as toward Asian and Western societies and himself.  Placing Zhang in the context of his cultural milieu both in China and in the Chinese immigrant artist community in America, this volume's contributors examine his adaptations of classic art to reflect a contemporary sensibility, his relation to Cubism and Social Realism, his collaboration with the celebrated fashion designer Vivienne Tam, and his visual critique of China's current environmental crisis. Zhang's work will be on display at the Queens Museum in New York City from October 17, 2015 to March 6, 2016.

    Contributors: Julia F. Andrews, Alexandra Chang, Tom Finkelpearl, Michael Fitzgerald, Wu Hung, Luchia Meihua Lee, Morgan Perkins, Kui Yi Shen, Jerome Silbergeld, Eugenie Tsai, Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, Lilly Wei

    Co-published by the Queens Museum and Duke University Press.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822374756
    Publication Date: 2015-12-22
    contrib-editor: Luchia Meihua Lee; Jerome Silbergeld
    copyright-year: 2015
    eisbn: 9780822374756
    illustrations-note: 120 color illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822360254
    isbn-paper: 9780822360421
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    In this book leading Chinese experts review the life, career, and artistic development of the pioneering Chinese artist Zhang Hongtu, whose diverse works speak to China's past and present, the relationship between Asia and the West, and canonical Western art.

    subtitle: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World
  • Ziegfeld Girl
    Author(s): Mizejewski, Linda

    In the first decades of the twentieth century, Broadway teemed with showgirls, but only the Ziegfeld Girl has survived in American popular culture—as a figure of legend, nostalgia, and camp. Featured in Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.’s renowned revues, which ran on Broadway from 1907 to 1931, the Ziegfeld Girl has appeared in her trademark feather headdresses, parading and posing, occasionally singing and dancing, in numerous musicals and musical films paying direct or indirect homage to the intrepid producer and his glorious Girl. Linda Mizejewski analyzes the Ziegfeld Girl as a cultural icon and argues that during a time when American national identity was in flux, Ziegfeld Girls were both products and representations of a white, upscale, heterosexual national ideal.

    Mizejewski traces the Ziegfeld Girl’s connections to turn-of-the-century celebrity culture, black Broadway, the fashion industry, and the changing sexual and gender identities evident in mainstream entertainment during the Ziegfeld years. In addition, she emphasizes how crises of immigration and integration made the identity and whiteness of the American Girl an urgent issue on Broadway’s revue stages during that era. Although her focus is on the showgirl as a “type,” the analysis is intermingled with discussions of figures like Anna Held, Fanny Brice, and Bessie McCoy, the Yama Yama girl, as well as Ziegfeld himself. Finally, Mizejewski discusses the classic American films that have most vividly kept this showgirl alive in both popular and camp culture, including The Great Ziegfeld, Ziegfeld Girl, and the Busby Berkeley musicals that cloned Ziegfeld’s showgirls for decades.

    Ziegfeld Girl will appeal to scholars and students in American studies, popular culture, theater and performance studies, film history, gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and social history.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822399032
    Publication Date: 2012-06-01
    author-list-text: Linda Mizejewski
    1. Linda Mizejewski
    contrib-author: Linda Mizejewski
    copyright-year: 1999
    eisbn: 9780822399032
    illustrations-note: 23 b&w photographs
    isbn-cloth: 9780822323037
    isbn-paper: 9780822323235
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    subtitle: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema

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