Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, and Borders

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byHéctor Calderón

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Once relegated to the borders of literature—neither Mexican nor truly American—Chicana/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, Héctor Calderón looks at seven Chicana and Chicano writers whose narratives constitute what he terms an American Mexican literature. Drawing on the concept of "Greater Mexican" culture first articulated by Américo Paredes, Calderón explores how the works of Paredes, Rudolfo Anaya, Tomás Rivera, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Cherríe 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 América Mexicana that is currently emerging on both sides of the border. In addition to his own readings of the works, Calderón 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.

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Once relegated to the borders of literature—neither Mexican nor truly American—Chicana/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 C...

Héctor Calderón is Professor of Spanish American, Mexican, and Chicano Literature at UCLA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionRedefining the Borderlands: From the Spanish Southwest to Greater Mexico, from Charles F. Lummis to Américo ParedesWriting the Dreams of la Nueva México: Rudolfo A. Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima and the Southwest Literary TraditionThe Emergence of the Chicano Novel: Tomás Rivera's ". . . y no se lo tragó la tierra" and the Community of Readers"A Recorder of Events with a Sour Stomach": Oscar Zeta Acosta and The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo"Making Familia from Scratch": Cherríe L. Moraga's Self-Portraits"Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra": Rolando Hinojosa's Cronicón del condado de Belken"Como México No Hay Dos": Sandra Cisneros's Feminist Border StoriesEpilogue: América Mexicana 2001NotesWorks CitedPermissions AcknowledgmentsIndex

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Héctor Calderón's book will be a distinguished contribution to the growing discussion that involves reading América in continental terms, rather than limiting ourselves to monolingual U.S. studies. - Debra Castillo, Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell University