Postnationalism In Chicana/O Literature And Culture

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292723467
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Postnationalism: Encountering the Global
Chapter 2. Idealized Pasts: Discourses on Chicana Postnationalism
Chapter 3. Cultural Borderlands: The Limits of National Citizenship
Chapter 4. Chicana/o Fashion Codes: The Political Significance of Style
Chapter 5. Performativity in the Chicana/o Autobiography
Chapter 6. Denationalizing Chicana/o Queer Representations
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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