Ethnic Life Writing and Histories: Genres, Performance, and Culture
Lit, 2007 - 256 páginas
In the context of the fraught ethnic politics in our increasingly globalized world, negotiating with historical memory has become both a cultural obsession and a powerful political weapon.
The essays describe how processes of literary creativity and historical inscription blend significantly to produce texts that require nuanced readings on many levels. Half the essays focus on Asian American texts, inviting crucial connections and insights on the ways ethnic concerns are reflected methodologically.
Roco G. Davis teaches at the Modern Languages Department of the University of Navarre, Pamplona (Spain). Jaume Aurell is a researcher at the history department of the University of Navarre, Pamplona. Ana Beatriz Delgado is a teaching assistant at the University of Navarre.
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Padilla ' s work on the life narratives of Californianas announces the need to
delve further into Chicana border subjectivity since , as Padilla reminds us , the
remapping of the Southwest and the imposition of new political border prefigures
look at words of border residents , be they border straddlers or border crossers ,
and to the life narratives of those Mexicanas whose lives and work are defined by
a proximity to the border and to a transnational understanding of the border .
This stands in stark contrast to the traditional depiction of border crossings in
Chicano writing : Beginning with Daniel Venegas ' The Adventures of Don
Chipote ( 1928 ) and continuing with José Antonio Villareal ' s Pocho ( 1959 ) ,
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Memory Poetry and the Body
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