Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican American Literature

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byJohn Morán González

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The Texas Centennial of 1936, commemorated by statewide celebrations of independence from Mexico, proved to be a powerful catalyst for the formation of a distinctly Mexican American identity. Confronted by a media frenzy that vilified "Meskins" as the antithesis of Texan liberty, Mexican Americans created literary responses that critiqued these racialized representations while forging a new bilingual, bicultural community within the United States. The development of a modern Tejana identity, controversies surrounding bicultural nationalism, and other conflictual aspects of the transformation from mexicano to Mexican American are explored in this study. Capturing this fascinating aesthetic and political rebirth, Border Renaissance presents innovative readings of important novels by María Elena Zamora O'Shea, Américo Paredes, and Jovita González. In addition, the previously overlooked literary texts by members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are given their first detailed consideration in this compelling work of intellectual and literary history.

Drawing on extensive archival research in the English and Spanish languages, John Morán González revisits the 1930s as a crucial decade for the vibrant Mexican American reclamation of Texas history. Border Renaissance pays tribute to this vital turning point in the Mexican American struggle for civil rights.

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The Texas Centennial of 1936, commemorated by statewide celebrations of independence from Mexico, proved to be a powerful catalyst for the formation of a distinctly Mexican American identity. Confronted by a media frenzy that vilified "Meskins" as the antithesis of Texan liberty, Mexican Americans created literary responses that critiq...

JOHN MORÁN GONZÁLEZ is Associate Professor of English and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:275 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgmentsIntroductionRenaissance in the BorderlandsChapter 1"Texanizing Texans": Texas Centennial Discourses of Racial PedagogyChapter 2"This Is Our Grand Lone Star State": Reclaiming Texas History in Elena Zamora O'Shea's El MesquiteChapter 3Forging Bicultural U.S. Citizenship: LULAC and the Making of Mexican American AestheticsChapter 4A Mexico-Texan Interlude: Américo Paredes, Border Modernity, and the Demise of Patriarchal AnticolonialismChapter 5Mujeres Fronterizas: Writing Tejana Agency into the Texas Centennial EraEpilogueFrom Centennial to SesquicentennialNotesWorks CitedIndex

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A richly textured and well crafted work that will stand as one of the best in the field of Mexican American literature. - John-Michael Rivera, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of Colorado at Boulder