Fray Angélico Chávez: Poet, Priest, and Artist

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New Mexico's first native Franciscan priest, Fray Angelico Chavez (1910-1996) is known as a prolific historian, a literary and artistic figure, and an intellectual. The original essays collected here explore his wide-ranging cultural production: fiction, poetry, architectural restoration, journalism, genealogy, translation, and painting and drawing.

Several essays discuss his approach to history, his archival research, and the way in which he re-centers ethnic identity in the ...

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New Mexico's first native Franciscan priest, Fray Angelico Chavez (1910-1996) is known as a prolific historian, a literary and artistic figure, and an intellectual. The original essays collected here explore his wide-ranging cultural production: fiction, poetry, architectural restoration, journalism, genealogy, translation, and painting and drawing.

Several essays discuss his approach to history, his archival research, and the way in which he re-centers ethnic identity in the prevalent Anglo-American master historical narrative. Others examine how he used fiction to bring history alive and combined visual and verbal elements to enhance his narratives. Two essays explore Chavez's profession as a friar. The collection ends with recollections by Thomas E. Chavez, historian and Fray Angelico's nephew.

Readers familar with Chavez's work as well as those learning about it for the first time will find much that surprises and informs in these essays.

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Ellen McCracken is also the author of New Latina Narrative: The Feminine Space of Postmodern Ethnicity and Decoding Women’s Magazines: From Mademoiselle to Ms.

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Table of Contents

Note From the Series Editor vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
"A Rose for Fray Angelico Chavez: Homage to New Mexico's Foremost Twentieth-Century Humanist"
I Historical Recovery
1. "Fray Angelico Chavez: The Making of a Maverick Historian" 11
2. "Fray Angelico Chavez, Religiosity, and New Mexican Oppositional Historical Narrative" 25
3. "La Conquistadora as History and Fictitious Autobiography" 37
II Culture of the Word and Image
4. "Wonders and Truths: The Short Stories of Fray Angelico Chavez" 47
5. "Iconicity and Narrative in the Work of Fray Angelico Chavez: Toward the Harmonious Imagetext" 53
6. "Painting the Word/Wording the Painting: Allegory and Intertextuality in The Virgin of Port Lligat by Fray Angelico Chavez" 91
7. "Recovering the Noble Spanish Soul" 101
III The Life of a Franciscan
8. "Fray Angelico Chavez: The Roots of Franciscan Priesthood" 111
9. "The Saint Francis of Fray Angelico Chavez" 127
10. "Memories of Fray Angelico Chavez" 135
Contributors 143
Bibliography of the Works of Fray Angelico Chavez 147
Index 150
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