Conversations with Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Writers

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Hector A. Torres conducted these interviews with today's popular Chicano/a writers, asking each about language and life between languages, about the creative drive that has guided them in their craft and commits them to their art. In sharing their responses, Torres reveals a brief biography of each author and a concise examination of their writings. Taking their stories and essays individually and collectively, Torres explains how each author reiterates issues that have ...

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Overview

Hector A. Torres conducted these interviews with today's popular Chicano/a writers, asking each about language and life between languages, about the creative drive that has guided them in their craft and commits them to their art. In sharing their responses, Torres reveals a brief biography of each author and a concise examination of their writings. Taking their stories and essays individually and collectively, Torres explains how each author reiterates issues that have concerned Mexican Americans since at least 1848.

Chicano/a authors know that an abundance of politics can spoil a story, as can too little. The writers included here span historical terrain, first, under the shadow of Manifest Destiny and, then, under the America's imperial sovereignty stance. Interviewees include Rolando Hinojosa ("I Reflect the Way Valleyites Act and React"), Arturo Islas ("I Don't Like Labels and Categories"), Erlinda Gonzales-Berry ("On the New Mexican Borderlands"), Gloria AnzaldĂșa ("The Author Never Existed"), Ana Castillo (two separate interviews), Sandra Cisneros (two separate interviews), Pat Mora ("I Was Always at Home in Language"), Richard Rodriguez ("I Don't Think I Exist"), Demetria Martinez ("To Speak as Global Citizens"), and Kathleen AlcalĂĄ ("To Tell the Counternarratives").

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826340887
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2007
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hector A. Torres is associate professor of English, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Conversations with Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Writers is his first book.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: The Labor of Value in Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Literary Discourse     1
Canonical Leanings: Divisions
I Reflect the Way Valleyites Act and React     33
I Don't Like Labels and Categories     55
On the New Mexican Borderlands     77
Canonical Spacings: Mestiza Consciousness
The Author Never Existed     115
Two Interviews     146
Two Interviews     191
I Was Always at Home in Language     244
Res Publica(e): Horizons
I Don't Think I Exist     275
To Speak as Global Citizens     315
To Tell the Counternarratives     325
Index     347
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