Chicano identity and discourses of supplementarity on Mexican cinema: from ‘The Man Without a Fatherland’ (Contreras Torres: 1922) to ‘Under the Same Moon’ (Riggen: 2008)
de la Garza, Armida
Latin American Centre, University of Aarhus (LACUA)
A radical change took place in Mexican narratives of belonging during the 1990s, when NAFTA was first negotiated. Narratives of migration drastically changed the status of Mexican migrants to the US, formerly derided as ‘pochos’, presenting them as model citizens instead. Following Derrida, I argue the role of the migrant became that of a supplement, which is, discursively, at the same time external to and part of a given unit, standing for and allowing deeper transformations to take place in the whole discourse of bilateral relations and national identity more generally. I use Derrida’s concept of the supplement to discuss changing representations of Chicanos in Mexican cinema, and to assess the extent that they have succeeded in reframing the discourse on national identity, with a focus on gender.
Chicanos , Representations , Discourse , Cinema , Supplement
de la Garza, A. (2009) 'Chicano identity and discourses of supplementarity on Mexican cinema: from ‘The Man Without a Fatherland’ (Contreras Torres: 1922) to ‘Under the Same Moon’ (Riggen: 2008)'. Diálogos Latinoamericanos, 16, pp. 58-69.
© 2009, University of Aarhus. This is the Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Latin American Center, University of Aarhus (LACUA) in Diálogos Latinoamericanos 16, 2009, available online: http://lacua.au.dk/publikationer/dialogoslatino/