Hurricanes and Carnivals: Essays by Chicanos, Pochos, Pachucos, Mexicanos, and Expatriates

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Overview

"In Mexico," writes Ilan Stavans in the introduction to this provocative new collection on Mexican culture and politics, "[the essay] is embraced as passionately as a sport." While the American essay may be personal and confessional or erudite and academic, it is presumed to be truthful. By contrast the Mexican essay pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction as writers seek to make their opinions heard-in literary journals, in newspapers, and even on cereal boxes. "What is real and what isn't in a Mexican essay, only God knows," concludes Stavans.

In Hurricanes and Carnivals, Lee Gutkind, a pioneer in the teaching of creative nonfiction, brings together fifteen essays by Mexican, Mexican American, and Latin American writers that push the boundaries of style and form, showing that navigating "truth" is anything but clear-cut. Although creative nonfiction is widely thought to be an American art form, this collection proves otherwise. By blending fact and fiction, story and fantasy, history and mythology, these writers and others push the bounds of the essay to present a vision of Mexico rarely seen from this side of the border.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816526253
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

LEE GUTKIND is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and a pioneer in teaching, editing, and writing creative nonfiction. He is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction and the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction.
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Table of Contents


Preface: On Crossing Borders     vii
Introduction: Hurricanes and Carnivals   Ilan Stavans     3
Group Photo: 100 Million Mexicans   Juan Villoro     10
Hector and the Beauty Queens (1998)   Sam Quinones     19
Vigil in Tehuantepec   Alberto Ruy Sanchez     52
Liberace's Sink   Rigoberto Gonzalez     62
About the Egg   Hugo Hiriart     70
The Woman Who Loved Water   Kathleen Alcala     80
Of Sea Turtles: A Cautionary Tale   Homero Aridjis     91
The Essential Francisco Sosa, or, Picadou's Mexico City   C. M. Mayo     99
Sienna Revisited   Sergio Pitol     114
Hotel de Mexico   Susan Briante     126
On Becoming a Book at Forty   Ilan Stavans     140
Introduction from Here's To You, Jesusa!   Elena Poniatowska     151
Tlilli, Tlapalli: The Path of the Red and Black Ink   Gloria Anzaldua     174
The Brown Study   Richard Rodriguez     186
About the Contributors     197
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