Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

By: Hector Calderon (editor), Jose David Saldivar (editor)Hardback

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This pathbreaking anthology of Chicano literary criticism, with essays on a remarkable range of texts-both old and new-draws on diverse perspectives in contemporary literary and cultural studies: from ethnographic to postmodernist, from Marxist to feminist, from cultural materialist to new historicist. The editors have organized essays around four board themes: the situation of Chicano literary studies within American literary history and debates about the "canon"; representations of the Chicana/o subject; genre, ideology, and history; and the aesthetics of Chicano literature. The volume as a whole aims at generating new ways of understanding what counts as culture and "theory" and who counts as a theorist. A selected and annotated bibliography of contemporary Chicano literary criticism is also included. By recovering neglected authors and texts and introducing readers to an emergent Chicano canon, by introducing new perspectives on American literary history, ethnicity, gender, culture, and the literary process itself, Criticism in the Borderlands is an agenda-setting collection that moves beyond previous scholarship to open up the field of Chicano literary studies and to define anew what is American literature.Contributors. Norma Alarcon, Hector Calderon, Angie Chabram, Barbara Harlow, Rolando Hinojosa, Luis Leal, Jose E. Limon, Terese McKenna, Elizabeth J. Ordonez, Genero Padilla, Alvina E. Quintana, Renato Rosaldo, Jose David Saldivar, Sonia Saldivar-Hull, Rosaura Sanchez, Roberto Trujillo


Acknowledgments ix Foreword: Redefining American Literature / Roland Hinojosa xi Editors' Introduction: Criticism in the Borderlands 1 Part I. Institutional Studies and the Literary Canon Narrative, Ideology, and the Reconstruction of American Literary History / Ramon Saldivar 11 The Rewriting of American Literary History / Luis Leal 21 The Theoretical Subject(s) of This Bridge Called My Back and Anglo-American Feminism / Norma Alarcon 28 Part II. Representations of the Chicana/o Subject: Race, Class, and Gender Imprisoned Narrative? Or Lies, Secrets, and Silence in New Mexico Women's Autobiography / Genaro Padilla 43 Body, Spirit, and the Text: Alma Villanueva's Life Span / Elizabeth J. Ordonez 61 Ana Castillo's The Mixquiahuala Letters: The Novelist as Ethnographer / Alvina E. Quintana 72 Fables of the Fallen Guy / Renato Rosaldo 84 Part III. Genre, Ideology, and History The Novel and the Community of Readers: Rereading Tomas Rivera's Y no se le trago la tierra / Hector Calderon 97 Ideological Discourses in Arturo Islas's The Rain God / Rosaura Sanchez 114 Conceptualizing Chicano Critical Discourse / Angie Chabram 127 Sites of Struggle: Immigration, Deportation, Prison, and Exile / Barbara Harlow 149 Part IV. Aesthetics of the Border Chicano Border Narratives as Cultural Critique / Jose David Saldivar 167 On Chicano Poetry and the Political Age: Corridos as Social Drama / Teresa McKenna 188 Feminism on the Border / From Gender Politics to Geopolitics / Sonia Saldivar-Hull 203 Dancing with the Devil: Society, Gender, and the Political Unconcious in Mexican-American South Texas / Jose E. Limon 221 Works Cited 237 Selected and Annotated Bibliography of Contemporary Chicano Literary Criticism 260 Index 275 Contributors 287

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  • ISBN13: 9780822311379
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780822311379
  • ISBN10: 0822311372

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