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Literatures of the Americas

Gender and Place in Chicana/o Literature

Critical Regionalism and the Mexican American Southwest

Authors: Vizcaíno-Alemán, Melina

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  • Pushes the boundaries of intellectual thinking about regionalism and place
  • Addresses the complicated matrix of race, class, and gender in the work of Mexican American writers
  • Tells another cultural history of the Mexican American Southwest, plotting out the critical geographies of gender and place
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About this book

This book is a study of gender and place in twentieth-century Chicana/o literature and culture, covering the early period of regional writing to contemporary art. Remapping Chicana/o literary and cultural history from the critical regional perspective of the Mexican American Southwest, it uncovers the aesthetics of Chicana/o critical regionalism in the writings of Cleofas Jaramillo, Fray Angélico Chávez, Elena Zamora O’Shea, and Jovita González. In addition to bringing renewed attention to contemporary writers like Richard Rodriguez and introducing the work of Chicana artist Carlota d.Z. EspinoZa, the study also revisits the more recognized work of Américo Paredes, Mario Suárez, Mary Helen Ponce, and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales to reconsider the aesthetics of gender and place in Chicana/o literature and culture.

About the authors

​Melina V. Vizcaíno-Alemán is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of New Mexico, USA. She has published articles in Southwestern American Literature, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Southern Literary Journal, and Western American Literature. Her teaching and scholarship focus on race, class, ethnicity and gender.

Reviews

“With Gender and Place in Chicana/o Literature: Critical Regionalism and the Mexican American Southwest, Melina Vizcaino-Alemán critically intervenes in the scholarly debates surrounding transnationalist and critical regionalist methodologies as these have impacted Chicana/o literary studies. Her sustained focus upon the dynamics of gender, race, and place enables a major reexamination of twentieth-century writers, who have been generally identified as ‘local color,’ without flattening the transnational dimensions of Chicana/o aesthetic production within the US-Mexico borderlands.” (John Morán González, Director of the Mexican American Studies Center and Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin, USA)

“Analyzing key texts across genres, locales, and time periods, Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán discredits the minimization of Chicana/o aesthetics for the sake of broader political aims and discerns instead the political efficacy of critical regionalist aesthetics on issues of gender, class, and place. This innovative study sheds new light on staid interpretations of feminine passivity to reveal the impact Chicana women have and have had in determining the social value of space, gesture, and language.” (Stephanie Fetta, Assistant Professor of Spanish, College of Arts & Sciences, Syracuse University, USA)

“Drawing upon a wide range of critical sources in Chicana and Chicano literary theory —including important studies by Tey Diana Rebolledo, Mary Pat Brady, Ramón Saldívar, Genaro Padilla, and José Limón— Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán presents a compelling argument for a rethinking of critical regionalism as a tool for understanding the development of Chicana/o cultural production.” (Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of New Mexico, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Chicana/o Critical Regionalism and the Case of Cleofas Jaramillo

    Pages 1-21

    Vizcaíno-Alemán, Melina V.

  • Moving Away from the “Master”: Américo Paredes and Mexican American Women Writers

    Pages 23-43

    Vizcaíno-Alemán, Melina V.

  • Autobiography and the Gender of Place: Elena Zamora O’Shea, Fray Angélico Chávez, Richard Rodriguez

    Pages 45-72

    Vizcaíno-Alemán, Melina V.

  • Ethnography and the Place of Gender: Jovita González, Mario Suárez, Mary Helen Ponce

    Pages 73-98

    Vizcaíno-Alemán, Melina V.

  • Chicano Poetry, Chicana Art: Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales and Carlota d.Z.EspinoZa

    Pages 99-122

    Vizcaíno-Alemán, Melina V.

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59262-6
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59261-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-86583-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Place in Chicana/o Literature
Book Subtitle
Critical Regionalism and the Mexican American Southwest
Authors
Series Title
Literatures of the Americas
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59262-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59262-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59261-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86583-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 142
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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