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Criticism in the Borderlands By Hector Calderon

Criticism in the Borderlands by Hector Calderon

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Presents an anthology of Chicano literary criticism, with essays on a range of texts - both old and new - that draws on diverse perspectives in contemporary literary and cultural studies: from ethnographic to postmodernist, from Marxist to feminist, from cultural materialist to new historicist.

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Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology by Hector Calderon

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

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'Criticism in the Borderlands maps the significant contribution of Chicano and Chicana literary and cultural studies toward defining a culture of resistance in the United States...' --Suzanne Oboler, Novel: A Forum on Fiction

Table of Contents

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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9780822311430
0822311437
Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology by Hector Calderon
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Duke University Press
19910530
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