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Annotated Bibliography
Maritza Barron
Professor Bianco
4 March 2006
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Berrios-Miranda, Marisol. “Salsa Music as Expressive Liberation” Centro Journal 2004:
Marisol Berrios-Miranda explains in this article how salsa is used as a means of
communication. There is information about Salsas music, dance, and expression.
We learn about how was inspired and what made it what it is right now. Its
popularity and also what people really don’t tend to see
Booth, Willard C. "Dramatic Aspects of Aztec Rituals." Educational Theatre Journal Dec
1966: 421-428.
Willard C. Booth writes in the Dramatic Aspects of Aztec Rituals mainly that of
what he Aztecs did for their celebrations. He mentions reasons why Aztecs
sacrificed people and their belief behind the type of sacrifice. There is also
explanation on their calendar years, dance, and literature. Much of what Booth
writes is very interesting to read and know but it can also be quite shocking at
times. There is some explanation of how the dance is related to the sacrifices and
the celebrations made for the gods. This is an article that could be used to
understand the Aztec religion and its connection to dance which then could lead
to how some of these connections are applied in today’s dance in Latin America.
Daniel, Yvonne P. “Changing Values in Cuban Rumba, A lower Class Black Dance
Appropriated by the Cuban Revolution.” Dance Research Journal Autumn, 1991:
Yvonne P. Daniel writes in this article about styles of Rumba as well the different
meanings of them. What they represent and also what is what influenced this
music and dance. It explains the connections of African dance too.
Hernandez, Deborah P. “Dancing with the Enemy: Cuban Popular Music, Race,
Authenticity, and the World-Music Landscape” Latin American Perspectives May
1998: 110-125
Deborah P. Hernandez gives us a great explanation of some of the influences and
what inspired many of the modern Latin dances. Its connections to social issues
like that of race. She also explains its Cuban backgrounds on how much the
Cuban culture has to do with it.
Jaeck , Lois M. "The Body as Revolutionary Text: The Dance as Protest Literature in
Latin America." Ciencia Ergo Sum 10.1 (2003): 43-50.
Lois Marie Jaeck who is party of the Languages and Linguistics department in the
University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, writes a very remarkable
article about dance being a means of communication on the oppressed. In this
article she explains how the body is used to promote various ideas such as to
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unite, to promote social change, or break down barriers. She also reveals that
dance could be a form of language that characterizes a culture. Jaeck describes a
few types of Latin dancing in different parts of Latin America as well. This article
is very thought provoking and full of information that applies well to the research
of who political protests or issues is brought into dance.
Ramirez, Olga N. "Social and Political Dimensions of Folklorico Dance: The Binational
Dialectic of Residual and Emergent Culture." Western Folklore Jan 1989: 15-32.
Olga N. Ramirez, an anthropologist specialized in folklore, gives her expertise
letting readers interested in dance know how people miss the manipulation on the
Mexican folklorico being that of social and political processes. Also Ramirez
mentions how much of the historical background of the country, plays a role in
Mexican folk dance. She said that it is the “social and political factors” that
shaped Mexico, which is what is portrayed in many dances. This is also another
article that can be useful for the information in Mexico’s part of dance, especially
that of the folklorico.
Reed, Susan A. "The politics and Poetics of Dance." Annual Review of Anthropology
1998: 503-532.
In this article, Susan A. Reed brings up the point of dance being a good source to
study to learn about cultures. It is said that anthropologists now are turning to
dance to study a culture because of its communication through non-verbal skills.
As mentioned in other articles, dance is a means of communication to express
ones beliefs or ideas, or that of a culture. This is an article that would help better
understand the ways of dance, how anthropologists move into the understanding
of the meaning of movements.
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