Border Culture

Overview

The border between the United States and Mexico, despite attempts at containment, remains a vast and uniquely malleable yet indefinable region. With Border Culture, Ilan Stavans has collected essays representative of the tangled experiences and issues central to life between cultures.

Divided into two sections, Border Culture covers topics essential to better understanding this often misunderstood region and state-of-mind. The first section, "Considerations," culls essays ...

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Overview

The border between the United States and Mexico, despite attempts at containment, remains a vast and uniquely malleable yet indefinable region. With Border Culture, Ilan Stavans has collected essays representative of the tangled experiences and issues central to life between cultures.

Divided into two sections, Border Culture covers topics essential to better understanding this often misunderstood region and state-of-mind. The first section, "Considerations," culls essays covering socio-economic and political topics illustrating the hyper reality of life and living on La Frontera. Section two, "Testimonios," takes careful consideration of lives affected by the border, either as a finite place, alternate universe, or the framework of the border as a state-of-mind, through various historic and literary accounts of La Frontera. This enlightening and comprehensive collection will no doubt help readers better understand border culture.

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"Obviously suitable as a curriculum supplement text book, Border Culture is also very appropriate for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in contemporary Mexican/American border issues."

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Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans
Ilan Stavans
Ilan Stavans, editor, is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include The Hispanic Condition and On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language. He edited Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, volumes #149, #150, and #151 of The Library of America.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword Ilan Stavans vii

Introduction ix

I Considerations 1

La Frontera: The Border as Symbol and Reality in Mexican-American Thought Mario T. García 3

The Great Wall of Capital Mike Davis 27

Establishing Shots of the Border: The Fence and the River Claire F. Fox 30

Lola Casanova: Tropes of Mestizaje and Frontiers of Race Robert McKee Irwin 50

Serpent Tongues, Social Hierarchies, and National Citizenship: The Splitting of Border Languages and Cultures between Latina/o Youths Cynthia L. Bejarano 93

Mission Denial: The Development of Historical Amnesia Carl Gutiérrez-Jones 139

Aliens in Heterotopia: An Intertextual Reading of the Border Patrol Museum Eduardo Barrera 164

II Testimonies 177

Great River Paul Horgan 179

Nothing to Declare: Welcome to Tijuana Juan Villoro 183

With the Smooth Rhythm of Her Eyelashes Luis Humberto Crosthwaite 192

Talking to the Río Grande Cecilio García-Camarillo 195

Pocho Pioneer Richard Rodriguez 197

I Could Only Fight Back in My Poetry Guillermo Gómez-Peña 206

A Dream Ilan Stavans 208

Selected Bibliography 211

Index 213

About the Editor and Contributors 221

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