Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture

Paperback | May 1, 2010

byEllie D. Hernández

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In recent decades, Chicana/o literary and cultural productions have dramatically shifted from a nationalist movement that emphasized unity to one that openly celebrates diverse experiences. Charting this transformation, Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture looks to the late 1970s, during a resurgence of global culture, as a crucial turning point whose reverberations in twenty-first-century late capitalism have been profound.

Arguing for a postnationalism that documents the radical politics and aesthetic processes of the past while embracing contemporary cultural and sociopolitical expressions among Chicana/o peoples, Hernández links the multiple forces at play in these interactions. Reconfiguring text-based analysis, she looks at the comparative development of movements within women's rights and LGBTQI activist circles. Incorporating economic influences, this unique trajectory leads to a new conception of border studies as well, rethinking the effects of a restructured masculinity as a symbol of national cultural transformation. Ultimately positing that globalization has enhanced the emergence of new Chicana/o identities, Hernández cultivates important new understandings of borderlands identities and postnationalism itself.

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In recent decades, Chicana/o literary and cultural productions have dramatically shifted from a nationalist movement that emphasized unity to one that openly celebrates diverse experiences. Charting this transformation, Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture looks to the late 1970s, during a resurgence of global culture, a...

ELLIE HERNÁNDEZ is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in gender, sexuality, and globalization.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:255 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292723466

ISBN - 13:9780292723467

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. Postnationalism: Encountering the GlobalChapter 2. Idealized Pasts: Discourses on Chicana PostnationalismChapter 3. Cultural Borderlands: The Limits of National CitizenshipChapter 4. Chicana/o Fashion Codes: The Political Significance of StyleChapter 5. Performativity in the Chicana/o AutobiographyChapter 6. Denationalizing Chicana/o Queer RepresentationsConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex