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Rebozos De Palabras: An Helena Maria Viramontes Critical Reader

Rebozos De Palabras: An Helena Maria Viramontes Critical Reader (Paperback)

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Helena Maria Viramontes is a professor, scholar-activist, and renowned author of works of fiction and nonfiction. Her work has been anthologized and is read widely in the United States and abroad. For many of her readings and speaking engagements she arrives wearing a rebozo, a shawl worn by Mexican and Chicana women living on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Once, when asked about her rebozo, Viramontes explained that the pre-Columbian icon is her "security blanket," which she embraces in order to find comfort. For her readers, her writing functions like a "rebozo de palabras," a shawl woven with words that nurture. As Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs points out in her insightful introduction, not only has Viramontes's work not yet received the broad critical engagement it richly deserves, but there remains a monumental gap in the interpretations of Chicana literature that reach mainstream audiences. Rebozos de Palabras addresses this void by focusing on how the Chicana image has evolved through Viramontes's body of work. With a foreword by Sonia Saldivar-Hull, this collection addresses Viramontes entire oeuvre through newly produced articles by major literary critics and emerging scholars who engage Viramontes's writing from multiple perspectives.

Essays & WritingLiterary Criticism Publisher: University of Arizona Press Publication Date: 14/03/2013 ISBN-13: 9780816521364  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs is an associate professor of Modern Languages and Women's Studies at Seattle University, where she also directs the Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice Core Track. She has held the Wismer Professor Endowed Chair for Gender and Diversity and has served as director of the Latin American Studies Program. She is also an internationally renowned Chicana poet and cultural worker.

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