Gabriel Navarro (1894–1950) was a keen observer of Hispanic culture in the 1920s and 1930s. His columns and reviews in Spanish-language newspapers published in the Southwest covered a range of topics, from the lives of Hollywood’s well-known Mexican actors to the plight of Mexican extras and the formation of amateur film clubs. ”There Are No Hispanic Stars!” Collected Writings of a Latino Film Critic in Hollywood, 1921–1939 brings together the first English translations of Navarro’s three novellas and thirty-four articles that represent his extensive body of film and cultural criticism. The comprehensive introduction by the book’s editors, Colin Gunckel and Laura Isabel Serna, situates Navarro’s writing within the context of Mexican-oriented journalism and cultural politics of the era.
Colin Gunckel is associate professor of screen arts and cultures, American culture, and Latina/o studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Laura Isabel Serna is associate professor of history and cinema and media studies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.