Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Writers and Artists

Paperback | April 1, 2006

byFrederick Luis Aldama

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Since the 1980s, a prolific "second wave" of Chicano/a writers and artists has tremendously expanded the range of genres and subject matter in Chicano/a literature and art. Building on the pioneering work of their predecessors, whose artistic creations were often tied to political activism and the civil rights struggle, today's Chicano/a writers and artists feel free to focus as much on the aesthetic quality of their work as on its social content. They use novels, short stories, poetry, drama, documentary films, and comic books to shape the raw materials of life into art objects that cause us to participate empathetically in an increasingly complex Chicano/a identity and experience.

This book presents far-ranging interviews with twenty-one "second wave" Chicano/a poets, fiction writers, dramatists, documentary filmmakers, and playwrights. Some are mainstream, widely recognized creators, while others work from the margins because of their sexual orientations or their controversial positions. Frederick Luis Aldama draws out the artists and authors on both the aesthetic and the sociopolitical concerns that animate their work. Their conversations delve into such areas as how the artists' or writers' life experiences have molded their work, why they choose to work in certain genres and how they have transformed them, what it means to be Chicano/a in today's pluralistic society, and how Chicano/a identity influences and is influenced by contact with ethnic and racial identities from around the world.

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Since the 1980s, a prolific "second wave" of Chicano/a writers and artists has tremendously expanded the range of genres and subject matter in Chicano/a literature and art. Building on the pioneering work of their predecessors, whose artistic creations were often tied to political activism and the civil rights struggle, today's Chicano...

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:April 1, 2006Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292713126

ISBN - 13:9780292713123

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroducing a Second Wave of Chicano/a Visual/Verbal ArtistsWriters/Artists, Alphabetical ListingFrancisco X. AlarcónAlfred ArteagaRicardo BrachoDenise ChávezLucha CorpiDagoberto GilbJaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez)Juan Felipe HerreraRichard Montoya (of Culture Clash)Pat MoraCherríe MoragaAlejandro MoralesMichael NavaDaniel OlivasCecile PinedaLourdes PortilloLuis J. Rodríguez Benjamin Alire SáenzLuis Alberto UrreaAlfredo Véa Jr.Alma Luz VillanuevaWriters/Artists by Main GenrePoetry Francisco X. Alarcón Alfred Arteaga Juan Felipe Herrera Pat Mora Benjamin Alire SáenzNovels Denise Chávez Lucha Corpi Alejandro Morales Michael Nava Cecile Pineda Alfredo Véa Jr. Alma Luz VillanuevaShort Stories Dagoberto Gilb Daniel Olivas Luis J. RodríguezDramatic and Performance Arts Ricardo Bracho Cherríe Moraga Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash)Other Jaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez) (comic books) Lourdes Portillo (documentary film) Luis Alberto Urrea (nonfiction nature / travel writing)

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Aldama has effectively rewritten the standard for conducting interviews. While all his authors are deeply interesting, what's wonderful is how each interview develops in its own unique way. It's quite clear that Aldama is asking the questions, but he's also responding to the answers. As a result, all the interviews make for great reading. - José F. Aranda Jr., Associate Professor of English, Rice University