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Critical Essays on Chicano Studies

Ramón Espejo, Juan I. Guijarro, Jesús Lerate de Castro and Pilar Marín

This book explores the most recent critical and theoretical approaches in the field of Chicano studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. The contributions go back to the 4th International Conference on Chicano Literature which took place in Sevilla in May 2004. They deal with a wide variety of topics and approach the subject from diverse viewpoints. Some examine specific literary texts by major Chicano authors from feminist, comparative and close-reading approaches, others discuss ideological and cultural issues like folklore, ethnicity, identity, sexuality or stereotypes, while yet others focus on artistic manifestations like films and murals. Furthermore, the volume also includes an interview with the Chicana writer Ana Castillo. The main goal of this collection is to find new cultural possibilities and strategies while exploring future dilemmas in the field of Chicano Studies.
Contents: Jesús Lerate/Juan I. Guijarro: Introduction – Jesús Lerate/María Ángeles Toda Iglesia: Entrevista con Ana Castillo – Esther Álvarez López: Culinary Metaphors and Chicano Culture in Elaine Romero’s The Fat-Free Chicana and The Snow Cap Queen – Manuel Brito: Language Working to Uncover the Social and the Cultural: The Example of Rodrigo Toscano – María Jesús Castro Dopacio: The Feminization of Domestic Architecture in Pat Mora’s House of Houses – Antonia Domínguez Miguela: Redefining the Father Figure in Contemporary Chicana Literature – Sophia Emmanouilidou: Identity Formation and Barrio Life: The Spatial Hermeneutic in Amelia Valdez’s Autobiographical Account ‘Surviving the Barrio’ – Salvador C. Fernández: The Bandit and the Preacher: 19th-Century Protagonists in Southwest Literature – Isabel García Martínez/Isabel Álvarez Inguanzo: Presencias y ausencias en el arte del Southwest: El muralismo Chicano frente a la invisibilidad artística en los emporios Fred Harvey y Santa Fe Railroad – Vida Mía García: Ambivalent Invitations: Come and Take It Day’s. ‘Neo-Turista Hybrid’ and the Legacies of Empire – Juanita Heredia: Caramelo: Crossing Borders in Translating Golden Age Mexican Culture – María Herrera-Sobek: Caramelo: The Politics of Popular Culture in Sandra Cisneros’s Novel – Guisela Latorre: Rigoberta Menchú, Yemayá and Coyolxauhqui: Afro-Indigenous Aesthetics in Maestrapeace – María Dolores Narbona Carrión: The Conflict Between the American Dream and Chicano Traditions: Josefina López’s Simply María or The American Dream – Antonia Navarro Tejero: La representación estereotipada del género en la ficción chicana e india de los años 90 – Melanie Prapopoulos: Reclaiming Identity Through Experience and Myth and Working Towards Solidarity: Malinche Re-Written – Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson: Family Fatherhood, and Masculinity in Gregory Nava’s Mi Familia (1995) – Sandra Soto: Aztec Queens and Gypsy Kings: Reading Ana Castillo’s Eroticized Mestizaje – Lisa Swanstrom: Downcast Eyes and Healthy Lies: Marketing Ethnic Identity in Sandra Cisnero’s Caramelo – María Ángeles Toda Iglesia: ¿Cuántas Cervezas? Dos versiones de un cuento de Alicia Gaspar de Alba – Ricardo Vivancos Pérez: Feminist-Oriented Men in Arturo Islas’s Fiction.