Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border presents nearly two hundred images of five significant towns on the lower Rio Bravo--Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, and Villa Acuna. Using multiple images of sites within each city, Arreola tracks changes both within the cities as places and in the ways in which the cities have been pictured for tourist consumption. He makes a strong case that visual imagery has a shaping influence on how we negotiate and think about places, creating a serial scripting or narrating of the place. Arreola also shows how postcard images, when systematically and chronologically arranged, can tell us a great deal about how Mexican border towns have been viewed over time. This innovative visual approach demonstrates that historical imagery, no less than text or maps, can be assembled to tell a compelling geographical story about place and time.
Daniel D. Arreola is Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Affiliate Faculty with the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. A past president of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, he is the author of The Mexican Border Cities: Landscape Anatomy and Place Personality, Tejano South Texas: A Mexican American Cultural Province, and Hispanic spaces, Latino places: Community and Cultural Diversity in Contemporary America.
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