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Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, and Borders

Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, and Borders (Paperback)

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Once relegated to the borders of literature-neither Mexican nor truly American-Chicana/o writers have always been in the vanguard of change, articulating the multicultural ethnicities, shifting identities, border realities, and even postmodern anxieties and hostilities that already characterize the twenty-first century. Indeed, it is Chicana/o writers' very in-between-ness that makes them authentic spokespersons for an America that is becoming increasingly Mexican/Latin American and for a Mexico that is ever more Americanized.

In this pioneering study, Hector Calderon looks at seven Chicana and Chicano writers whose narratives constitute what he terms an American Mexican literature. Drawing on the concept of "Greater Mexican" culture first articulated by Americo Paredes, Calderon explores how the works of Paredes, Rudolfo Anaya, Tomas Rivera, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Cherrie Moraga, Rolando Hinojosa, and Sandra Cisneros derive from Mexican literary traditions and genres that reach all the way back to the colonial era. His readings cover a wide span of time (1892-2001), from the invention of the Spanish Southwest in the nineteenth century to the America Mexicana that is currently emerging on both sides of the border. In addition to his own readings of the works, Calderon also includes the writers' perspectives on their place in American/Mexican literature through excerpts from their personal papers and interviews, correspondence, and e-mail exchanges he conducted with most of them.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: general Publisher: University of Texas Press Publication Date: 01/01/2005 ISBN-13: 9780292705821  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Hector Calderon is Professor of Spanish American, Mexican, and Chicano Literature at UCLA.

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