Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature / Edition 1

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Once an independent nation, Texas has always been proud of its unique culture. The literature of the Lone Star State has long attracted local, regional, and national audiences and critics, yet the state's Mexican American voices have yet to receive the attention they deserve.

Hecho en Tejas is a historic anthology that establishes the canon of Mexican American literature in Texas. With close to one hundred selections chosen, the book reaches back to the sixteenth-century exploration narrative of Texas's first Spanish-speaking writer, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. It features prose by Américo Paredes and Jovita Gonzalez, Rolando Hinojosa and Tomás Rivera, Estela Trambley Portillo, and Sandra Cisneros. Among the poets included in the anthology are Ricardo Sánchez, Carmen Tafolla, Angela de Hoyos, and Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado. Hecho en Tejas also includes corridos from the turn of the century and verses sung by music legends such as Lydia Mendoza and Santiago Jimenez, Sr., Freddy Fender, and Selena. In addition to these established names, already known across the United States, Hecho en Tejas introduces such younger writers as Christine Granados, Erasmo Guerra, and Tonantzin Canestaro-Garcia, the famous Tejano authors of tomorrow.

In assembling this canonic reader, Dagoberto Gilb has created more than an anthology. Read cover to cover, Hecho en Tejas becomes not only a literary showcase, but also a cultural and historical narrative both for those familiar with Texas Mexicans and for outsiders. Hecho en Tejas is a mosaic portrait of the community, the land and its history, its people's sorrows and joys, anger and humor and pride, what has been assimilated and what will not be.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826341259
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Southwestern Writers Collection
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dagoberto Gilb spent sixteen years working as a construction worker, twelve as a highrise carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. He is the author of The Magic of Blood (University of New Mexico Press), which won the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award and was a PEN/Faulkner finalist, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acua, Woodcuts of Women, and Gritos, which was a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers' Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review, Harper's, and The Best American Essays. His latest novel, The Flowers, is due out at the end of the year. Born in Los Angeles, he made his home for many years in El Paso and now lives in Austin, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Before the 1930s
from Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition     3
Letter in his defense     8
Proclamation     11
"El corrido de Texas"     15
"El Huerfano" (San Antonio)     17
"La Elena" (El Paso)     20
"Jesus Cadena" (Chavela) (San Antonio)     23
"El Contrabando del Paso" (El Paso)     27
"Contrabandistas Tequileros" (Del Rio)     30
"Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" (Rio Grande Valley     34
"Capitan Charles Stevens" (Rio Grande Valley)     38
The 1930s
"La Pollita"     45
from "Rancho Buena Vista: Its Ways of Life and Traditions"     46
"Don Pedrito Jaramillo"     51
"False Blue" and "Discontent"     53
"Mi fracaso"     55
"La tisica"     56
"Dime si, si, si"     57
Photographs from the 1930s
Photographs   Gregorio Barrios Sr.     60
The 1940s
"Mal Camino"     83
"A Washington" and "Los Pachucos"     84
"El Gato Negro"     86
"Mucho me gusta mi novia"     88
Correspondence     89
"Ay Te Dejo en SanAntonio"     94
The 1950s
"The Devil on the Border"     99
"Los mexicanos que hablan ingles"     106
from With His Pistol in His Hand     108
"Desde Mexico he venido"     120
"La Nacha Sells Dirty Dope..."     122
"Before The Next Teardrop Falls"     126
"Mi Borrachera"     127
"El crudo"     128
The 1960s
"Saturday Belongs to the Palomia"     131
"El Paso del Norte"     136
"Cecilia Rosas"     146
"Talk To Me, Talk To Me"     157
"Soledad was a Girl's Name" and "Homing"     158
from The Making of a Chicano Militant     166
"El corrido de Jhonny el Pachuco"     172
"Stupid America" and "The Chicano Manifesto"     176
The 1970s
from The Three Wars of Roy Benavidez     183
"The Night Before Christmas"     193
"Scene from the Movie Giant' and "I Too Have Walked My Barrio Streets"     198
"A la guerra ya me llevan"     204
"Voces del barrio," "A Sunday in Klail," and "Es el agua"     205
"Que bonito es San Antonio"     212
"La Yonfantayn"     214
"Tragico Fin De Alfredo Gomez Carrasco"     225
"Talking to the Rio Grande" and "Space"     229
"Of Bronze the Sacrifice" and "Llevan Flores"     232
"La tumba de Villa"     236
"The Feeling Is Mutual" and "Go Ahead, Ask Her"     238
"Scars and Three Daughters" and "and when I dream dreams..."     240
"Bicentennial Blues" and "El Barrio Revisited"     246
"In Defense of the Jalapeno and Other Chiles"     250
"I Was Never A Militant Chicano" and "For Tigre"     253
"Entering Into the Serpent"     255
"Portal"     264
"Yo soy Chicano"     272
"Puro Rollo (primera parte)" and "I Am an Americano Too"     274
from The Devil in Texas     276
"Armadillo Charm" and "'Bout to Leave the Barrio"     282
"La Loma" and "A Walk Through the Campo Santo"     286
The 1980s
"Cuatro Caminos"     295
"Eladio Comes Home"     296
"La Casa" and "(There Has to be) Something More Than Everything"     304
"The Vogue"     308
from Migrant Souls     313
"Sancho"     322
"The Senora"     326
"Elena" and "Now and Then, America"     329
"Pruning the Family Tree, Grafts and All"     347
"por la calle Zarzamora" and "el mercado en San Antonio where the tourists trot"     351
"Como la flor"     354
"The Past" and "Pancho Villa Invites My Grandfather to the Revolution, Mexico, 1914"     356
"Literary Wetback"     360
"Las Marias"     363
"The Unchronicled Death of Your Holy Father" and "Fences"     365
The 1990s
"Intaglia"     373
"Wave"     376
"Halloween" and "Santa Maria"     377
"Casa Sanchez"     380
"El Cuervo"     389
"The Day of Whack"     395
"I&M Plumbing"     403
"Mexicano Antonio" and "On Language"     411
"Barbacoa Blues"     416
from Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation     417
"A Rock Trying to Be a Stone"     426
from Drift     434
from Barefoot Heart     443
The 2000s
"Compassion"     455
"All About My Mother"     456
"Once More to the River"     462
"Cave-Woman I," "Cave Woman II," and "Perfection"     468
from Sofia's Saints     473
"In the Year 1974"     482
"Laredo"     488
"Pecado"     490
"See Ya at the Pulga (What Did He Said?)"      498
"They Let Me Drive"     500
"One Family, Two Homelands"     506
"Ambition" and "Fence on the Border"     511
Permissions and acknowledgments     517
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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    Hecho en Tejas: An anthology that celebrates Texas history from refreshing perspectives.

    I was first introduced to this anthology while taking a creative writing class at Texas A&M University. It was a required text for the class which led me to believe I would find no use for it outside of class discussion. I was completely wrong in this assumption. Once I read the introduction by the editor Dagoberto Gilb, I knew it was not your average textbook. In the introduction Gilb declares his desire for Hecho en Tejas to be a literary celebration of Texas' hispanic roots; as a formal announcement proclaiming, " We have been here, we are still here." He finishes by expressing his hope that Hecho en Tejas will destroy the ignorance and assumptions surrounding the hispanic history of Texas. Having read several of the works in this anthology, I believe that Hecho en Tejas serves this purpose as Gilb intended. It is a compilation of works revealing the diverse history of Texas through the unique and honest perspectives of its authors. It is a joy to read, and needless to say I will never sell this 'textbook' back.

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

    A required textbook turns into a pleasure read

    While I despise being told what to read and when to read it for college English, This was the best choice of a mandatory read because now I pick up the book to read what others of my culture write like. This book opened my eyes to my culture and taught me more then I could learn from any other book I have ever had to read about other people telling me about m culture. Here in this book it was people from culture telling me their experiences or others experiences and how they handled them. This collection of works showed me that you have to be proud of your heritage and to write what you know because that creates some of the best stories and writings. That writing from experience can only bring out the best in a person and can only help a person to grow.

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