Zoot Suit

Author: Kathy Peiss
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812204599
Release Date: 2011-05-23
Genre: History

ZOOT SUIT (n.): the ultimate in clothes. The only totally and truly American civilian suit. —Cab Calloway, The Hepster's Dictionary, 1944 Before the fashion statements of hippies, punks, or hip-hop, there was the zoot suit, a striking urban look of the World War II era that captivated the imagination. Created by poor African American men and obscure tailors, the "drape shape" was embraced by Mexican American pachucos, working-class youth, entertainers, and swing dancers, yet condemned by the U.S. government as wasteful and unpatriotic in a time of war. The fashion became notorious when it appeared to trigger violence and disorder in Los Angeles in 1943—events forever known as the "zoot suit riot." In its wake, social scientists, psychiatrists, journalists, and politicians all tried to explain the riddle of the zoot suit, transforming it into a multifaceted symbol: to some, a sign of social deviance and psychological disturbance, to others, a gesture of resistance against racial prejudice and discrimination. As controversy swirled at home, young men in other places—French zazous, South African tsotsi, Trinidadian saga boys, and Russian stiliagi—made the American zoot suit their own. In Zoot Suit, historian Kathy Peiss explores this extreme fashion and its mysterious career during World War II and after, as it spread from Harlem across the United States and around the world. She traces the unfolding history of this style and its importance to the youth who adopted it as their uniform, and at the same time considers the way public figures, experts, political activists, and historians have interpreted it. This outré style was a turning point in the way we understand the meaning of clothing as an expression of social conditions and power relations. Zoot Suit offers a new perspective on youth culture and the politics of style, tracing the seam between fashion and social action.

The Woman in the Zoot Suit

Author: Catherine S. Ramírez
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822388647
Release Date: 2010-07-01
Genre: Social Science

The Mexican American woman zoot suiter, or pachuca, often wore a V-neck sweater or a long, broad-shouldered coat, a knee-length pleated skirt, fishnet stockings or bobby socks, platform heels or saddle shoes, dark lipstick, and a bouffant. Or she donned the same style of zoot suit that her male counterparts wore. With their striking attire, pachucos and pachucas represented a new generation of Mexican American youth, which arrived on the public scene in the 1940s. Yet while pachucos have often been the subject of literature, visual art, and scholarship, The Woman in the Zoot Suit is the first book focused on pachucas. Two events in wartime Los Angeles thrust young Mexican American zoot suiters into the media spotlight. In the Sleepy Lagoon incident, a man was murdered during a mass brawl in August 1942. Twenty-two young men, all but one of Mexican descent, were tried and convicted of the crime. In the Zoot Suit Riots of June 1943, white servicemen attacked young zoot suiters, particularly Mexican Americans, throughout Los Angeles. The Chicano movement of the 1960s–1980s cast these events as key moments in the political awakening of Mexican Americans and pachucos as exemplars of Chicano identity, resistance, and style. While pachucas and other Mexican American women figured in the two incidents, they were barely acknowledged in later Chicano movement narratives. Catherine S. Ramírez draws on interviews she conducted with Mexican American women who came of age in Los Angeles in the late 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s as she recovers the neglected stories of pachucas. Investigating their relative absence in scholarly and artistic works, she argues that both wartime U.S. culture and the Chicano movement rejected pachucas because they threatened traditional gender roles. Ramírez reveals how pachucas challenged dominant notions of Mexican American and Chicano identity, how feminists have reinterpreted la pachuca, and how attention to an overlooked figure can disclose much about history making, nationalism, and resistant identities.

Zoot Suit

Author: Luis Valdez
ISBN: OCLC:63533505
Release Date: 1981
Genre: Mexican Americans


Author: Octavio Solis
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
ISBN: 9780573698163
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Drama

First produced by the Denver Center Theater Company at the Space Theatre in Denver, Colorado, on January 24, 2008.

Chicano Drama

Author: Jorge Huerta
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521778174
Release Date: 2000-11-16
Genre: Drama

An accessible introduction for students and theatregoers of Chicano theatre, first published in 2000.

Sports Play

Author: Elfriede Jelinek
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849436380
Release Date: 2012-07-16
Genre: Drama

First produced in 1998 at the famous Vienna Burgtheater, the remarkable and provocative Sports Play by Austrian playwright Elfriede Jelinek is a postdramatic theatrical exploration of the making, marketing and sale of the human body and of emotions in sport. It explores contemporary society’s obsession with fitness and body culture bringing into sharp focus our need to belong to a group, a team or a nation. Sport is seen as a form of war in peacetime

The Colored Museum

Author: George C. Wolfe
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802130488
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Drama

Eleven sketches, "exhibits" in the Colored Museum, offer a humorous and irreverent look at slavery, Black cuisine, soldiers, family life, performers, and parties

Day of the Moon

Author: Graciela LimóN
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
ISBN: 1611921090
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Fiction

Early this century a Mexican wins a lot of money at cards, buys a ranch and enters the world of the upper class. To ensure acceptance he hides his part-Indian origin and hates himself for it.

Gender in Real Time

Author: Kath Weston
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415934524
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Social Science

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Mother Other Unsavory Plays

Author: Stanis_aw Ignacy Witkiewicz
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1557831394
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Drama

Edited and translated by Daniel Gerould and C.S. Durer, foreword by Jan Kott. Painter, playwrights, novelist, aesthetician, philosopher, and expert on drugs, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz - or Witkacy, as he called himself - remains Poland's outstanding figure in the arts between the two world wars. This volume brings together three of Witkiewicz's best works for the stage as well as a selection from his critical writing. The plays deal with the author's principal themes and obsessions: the dilemma of the artist in the twentieth century; the revolutions in science and politics; and the bankruptcy of all ideology, the decline of western civilization, and the coming of totalitarianism. Yet, far from being solemn or even serious in tone, these apocalyptic dramas are permeated with grotesque humor and characterized by a wild theatricality that particularly appeals to contemporary sensibility.

Imagination Beyond Nation

Author: Eva Bueno
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822990581
Release Date: 1999-03-15
Genre: History

An exploration in verse of rites of passage within the Cuban-American culture shows how a combined nostalgia for a lost world and a daily confrontation with American culture leads to self-awareness

Detained in the Desert and Other Plays

Author: Josefina L. Pez
Publisher: Wpr Publishing
ISBN: 188937931X
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Art

This is Volume 2 in The Essential Latino Plays Series and comes to us from one of the hardest working playwrights around: Josefina L pez. The book includes five plays: Detained in the Desert is a satirical look at the anti-immigrant laws that brings together twocompletely different people on opposite ends of the immigration debate through a karmic debt that must be paid.Trio Los Machos is a loving tribute to Latino men, their music and their contribution to the U.S.through the "Bracero Program."When Nature Calls is a call to women to own their inner voice that demands they take their rightful place in the world as defenders of mother earth and the sacred feminine.Boyle Heights explores what the American Dream means to a Mexican-American family and thewomen who must stop running away and come home to their true selves.Lola Goes to Roma is a comedy about a repressed mother-daughter relationship that is transformed over one unforgettable European vacation where secrets are uncovered.

Starting from Loomis and Other Stories

Author: Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 9781607322542
Release Date: 2013-10-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A memoir in short stories, Starting from Loomis chronicles the life of accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. In this dynamic portrait of an aging writer trying to remember himself as a younger man, Kashiwagi recalls and reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries, and choices—the things in his life that he cannot forget—that have made him who he is. Central to this collection are Kashiwagi’s confinement at Tule Lake during World War II, his choice to answer “no” and “no” to questions 27 and 28 on the official government loyalty questionnaire, and the resulting lifelong stigma of being labeled a “No-No Boy” after his years of incarceration. His nonlinear, multifaceted writing not only reflects the fragmentations of memory induced by traumas of racism, forced removal, and imprisonment but also can be read as a bold personal response to the impossible conditions he and other Nisei faced throughout their lifetimes.