Once relegated to the borders of literatureaneither Mexican nor truly AmericanaChicana/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, HAcctor CalderA³n looks at seven Chicana and Chicano writers whose narratives constitute what he terms an American Mexican literature. Drawing on the concept of qGreater Mexicanq culture first articulated by AmAcrico Paredes, CalderA³n explores how the works of Paredes, Rudolfo Anaya, TomAis Rivera, Oscar Zeta Acosta, CherrAse 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 AmAcrica Mexicana that is currently emerging on both sides of the border. In addition to his own readings of the works, CalderA³n 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.In addition to his own readings of the works, CalderA³n also includes the writersa#39; perspectives on their place in American/Mexican literature through excerpts from their personal papers and interviews, correspondence, and e-mail exchanges ...
|Title||:||Narratives of Greater Mexico|
|Publisher||:||University of Texas Press - 2004|