Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture

Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture

by Ellie D. Hernández
     
 

In recent decades, Chicana/o literary and cultural productions have dramatically shifted from a nationalist movement that emphasized unity to one that openly celebrates diverse experiences. Charting this transformation, Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture looks to the late 1970s, during a resurgence of global culture, as a crucial

Overview

In recent decades, Chicana/o literary and cultural productions have dramatically shifted from a nationalist movement that emphasized unity to one that openly celebrates diverse experiences. Charting this transformation, Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture looks to the late 1970s, during a resurgence of global culture, as a crucial turning point whose reverberations in twenty-first-century late capitalism have been profound.

Arguing for a postnationalism that documents the radical politics and aesthetic processes of the past while embracing contemporary cultural and sociopolitical expressions among Chicana/o peoples, Hernández links the multiple forces at play in these interactions. Reconfiguring text-based analysis, she looks at the comparative development of movements within women's rights and LGBTQI activist circles. Incorporating economic influences, this unique trajectory leads to a new conception of border studies as well, rethinking the effects of a restructured masculinity as a symbol of national cultural transformation. Ultimately positing that globalization has enhanced the emergence of new Chicana/o identities, Hernández cultivates important new understandings of borderlands identities and postnationalism itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292719071
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Chicana Matters Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

ELLIE HERNÁNDEZ is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in gender, sexuality, and globalization.

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