Ethnic Life Writing and Histories: Genres, Performance, and Culture
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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In 1993 , Genaro M. Padilla published , My History , Not Yours : The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography , a book that accounts for the formation of a distinctly Chicano / a subjectivity by proffering a collective history ...
Here , I wish to take up Padilla's call regarding the importance of “ prior discursive formations , ” for indeed there is a vast array of life narratives with which to " widen ” our understanding of Chicana autobiographical formation .
The argument that Acosta reflects upon the processes of identity formation in the context of a national discourse is supported by the time frame of the book . His Autobiography begins on July 1 , 1967 and reaches its climax on ...
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Memory Poetry and the Body
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