New Chicana/Chicano Writing, Volume 2

Overview

This impressive collection augurs a bright future for Chicana/Chicano literature, and will be of interest to those who keep track of the wide diversity of American and world literature.—Publishers Weekly

"A sampling of typically captivating contemporary Chicano literature by established and emerging writers."—El Puente. The Quarterly Newsletter of the Hispanic Culture Foundation

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Overview

This impressive collection augurs a bright future for Chicana/Chicano literature, and will be of interest to those who keep track of the wide diversity of American and world literature.—Publishers Weekly

"A sampling of typically captivating contemporary Chicano literature by established and emerging writers."—El Puente. The Quarterly Newsletter of the Hispanic Culture Foundation

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A variety of styles and genres makes this volume entertaining, informative and provocative. Short stories by Dagoberto Gilb, Joel Huerta and Ed Chavez explore what is gained and what is lost on the borderlands between Anglo and Mexican-American cultures. Gilb does so wonderfully through the metaphor of a father's treasured wool shirt, lost while he was dreaming of rosier economic times. Though more didactic, Huerta's story of a family's hitting the glass ceiling of upward mobility is quite powerful. Arlene Mestas and Rowena A. Rivera tell folksier tales. Mestas's story of how a perpetually tardy man was late to his own funeral is both comic and poignant. Several accomplished poets and essayists round out the anthology nicely. Miguel Mendez, through shifts in style, is the most experimental of the contributors; his piece (which, like several of the works, appears in both English and Spanish) shows the rich and promising pool of culture and history from which these writers draw. Taken together, this impressive collection augurs a bright future for Chicana/Chicano literature, and will be of interest to those who keep track of the wide diversity of American and world literature. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
YA-- This book contains first-rate contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some pieces are written in English, some in Spanish and then translated into English, and some in a mixture of the two languages. While a few of the selections may prove too great a challenge to YAs both in difficulty of style and rawness of language, there is also some quite lucid writing. Dagoberto Gilb's ``Romero's Shirt'' (printed only in English) and Rowena A. Rivera's ``Casimiro Mendoza, the Improvisor'' (printed first as El improvisador Casimiro Mendoza ) are absorbing, dramatic portrayals of Chicana life in El Paso and Santa Barbara, respectively. The poetry is passionate and filled with concrete images from everyday life. The overall quality of the writing is high and the format is diverse, perhaps making it a likely model for student literary publications.-- Dorothy I. Feldman, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Booknews
This second volume in a (hopefully, ongoing) series mixes prose, poetry, and personal essays by contemporary contributors from many different parts of the country. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816513321
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Pages: 152

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