Y Tu Mamá También: Mythologies of Youth, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Y Tu Mamá También

Mythologies of Youth, 1st Edition

By Scott L. Baugh


120 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-09-12
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Charting production, distribution, censorship, and reception, this book examines Y Tu Mamá También in its presentation as a journey of self-discoveries.

Three young adults enjoy a road trip together in search of a legendary beach. Behind their stories are mythologies of youth, a network of ideas in the film that reflects life outside the theaters. The deceptively complex film leaves the characters and its viewers with, instead of oversimplified and hollow answers, provocative questions and existential concerns. Made independently in Mexico, the film crosses-over transnational issues, global markets, and mainstream and alternative aesthetics. It transforms road movie and youth film genres and shows a ‘musical, magical’ Mexico to the world. This book synthesizes several approaches in order to extensively examine Y Tu Mamá También. Covering the film’s production history, its distribution and censorship, and larger industrial, political, and cultural contexts, this book analyzes the too-often overlooked aspects of youthful sexuality alongside figurations of maturity, rites of passage, and covenants—made, broken, and remade—that not only inform representations of identity but also complicate the processes of identity formation themselves.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Aspirations

Chapter 2: Creativity

Chapter 3: Originality

Chapter 4: ‘The Charolastra Manifesto’

Chapter 5: Maturity

Chapter 6: Sex

Chapter 7: Development

Chapter 8: Sex (it bears repeating)

Chapter 9: ‘Mí Manifiesto

Chapter 10: Ecstasy

Chapter 11: Pranganeando

About the Author

Scott L. Baugh is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator for Film & Media Studies at Texas Tech University. He specializes in Latina/o, Latin American, and multicultural cinemas. Recent publications include Latino American Cinema (2012) and Born of Resistance (2015 with Víctor A. Sorell).

About the Series

Cinema and Youth Cultures

Cinema and Youth Cultures engages with well-known youth films from American cinema as well the cinemas of other countries. Using a variety of methodological and critical approaches the series volumes provide informed accounts of how young people have been represented in film, while also exploring the ways in which young people engage with films made for and about them. In doing this, the Cinema and Youth Cultures series contributes to important and long standing debates about youth cultures, how these are mobilized and articulated in influential film texts and the impact that these texts have had on popular culture at large.

Commissioned volumes include:

The Freshman (1925)

Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Gidget (1958)

American Graffiti (1973)

Halloween (1978)

Grease (1978)

Breakfast Club (1985)

Heavenly Creatures (1992)

Clueless (1995)

American Pie (1999)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

L’auberge Espagole (2002)

Y Tu Mama También (2002)

Easy A (2010)

Hunger Games (2012)

Boyhood (2015)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies