Buenas Noches, American Culture

Latina/o Aesthetics of Night

by María DeGuzmán

Published by: Indiana University Press

326 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 3 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253001894
  • Published: July 2012


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253001795
  • Published: July 2012


  • eBook
  • 9780253001900
  • Published: July 2012


Often treated like night itself—both visible and invisible, feared and romanticized—Latina/os make up the largest minority group in the US. In her newest work, María DeGuzmán explores representations of night in art and literature from the Caribbean, Colombia, Central and South America, and the US, calling into question night's effect on the formation of identity for Latina/os in and outside of the US. She takes as her subject novels, short stories, poetry, essays, non-fiction, photo-fictions, photography, and film, and examines these texts through the lenses of nationhood, sexuality, human rights, exoticism, among others.