Zoot Suit The Pachuco as… Polyvocalism In Lak’ech Pachuco as the antithesis of the American hero The Pachuco as… Archaeological project: rediscovery through historical investigation Alienation: represents rebellion and social exclusion from mainstream and Latino culture. Affirmation: represents culture, pride, biculturalism, bilingualism, cultural transformation, valorization of the Pachuco. Cultural Archive: middle 20th century Chicano identity through dress, language, behavior, attitude of affirmation and resistance. The Pachuco as... Universal Archetype: pride, integrity, loyalty. New Possibilities: affirmation of a pre- Chicano identity, against assimilation, against dissolution of the culture, identity. Isolationist: self-definition, self-protective, in contrast to mainstream. Reductionist: minimalistic and reductionistic characterization of the Chicano experience Zoot Suit and Polyvocalism Polyvocalism: communication through various media: language, dance, dialogue, music, official and unofficial histories. Multiple voices/vocalities. Zoot Suit and Inlak’ech Neo-Mayan Valdezianism “tu eres mi otro yo.” “you are my other me” unity of the character and the “other”, Universalizes the Chicano experience through el Pachuco. Hank as being, el Pachuco as myth, unconscious, alter-ego, fantasy, wisdom. Spacial, behavioral manifestations El Pachuco as the antithesis of the Amrican hero 1940s United States at war, defense of the American democratic example against facism, totalitarianism. American heroic ideal: emphasis on sacrifice, conformity, allegiance, youth as idealistic examples of orderliness. Pachucos as: anarchistic, non-conforming, narcissistic, ambiguous, rebellious, self-absorbed, defiant.
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