by Rita Urquijo-Ruiz
WILD TONGUES: TRANSNATIONAL MEXICAN POPULAR CULTURES traces the development and rise of the Peladita/Peladito and the Pachuca/Pachuco characters found in the literature, movies, music, and performing arts of Mexican and Chicano culture. Urquijo-Ruiz explores how the Mexican Peladita/Peladito character, usually portrayed as destitute, downtrodden, and comical but who also provided sharp social criticism, paved the way for the zoot-suited Pachuca/Pachucos found later in across the border in the United States.
San Antonio artist Deborah Kuetzpal Vasquez donated the book cover art. will give a presentation on her artwork.
The book, WILD TONGUES: TRANSNATIONAL MEXICAN POPULAR CULTURES has been published by the University of Texas Press and is part of its Chicana Matters Series.