Rudolfo A. Anaya: A Critical Companion

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Rudolfo A. Anaya's seven novels can all be viewed in terms of the Chicano literary tradition though their rich texts have earned Anaya a place of respect in mainstream modern American literature. Fernández Olmos guides the reader through Anaya's literary world with clear signposts, illuminating the mythical, cultural, and linguistic complexities of his astounding stories. From his coming of age masterpiece Bless Me, Ultima (1972) to his most recent work Shaman Winter (1999) Anaya's writing with its rich spiritual...

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Rudolfo A. Anaya's seven novels can all be viewed in terms of the Chicano literary tradition though their rich texts have earned Anaya a place of respect in mainstream modern American literature. Fernández Olmos guides the reader through Anaya's literary world with clear signposts, illuminating the mythical, cultural, and linguistic complexities of his astounding stories. From his coming of age masterpiece Bless Me, Ultima (1972) to his most recent work Shaman Winter (1999) Anaya's writing with its rich spiritual symbolism is brought down to earth and made accessible to the student reader by Fernández Olmos insightful analyses. This work devotes a chapter to each novel, enabling Fernández Olmos to guide the reader through each, showing both the patterns and variations of literary devices in Anaya's works, while offering interesting alternative interpretations of Anaya's writing.

Fernández Olmos presents a well-researched chapter on the life of Rudolfo Anaya, familiarizing readers with his Hispanic cultural background which figures so prominently in his writing. A chapter on Anaya and the Chicano literary tradition deepens the reader's understanding and appreciation of the writer's tremendous contributions. Fernández Olmos then devotes a full chapter to each of the novels, Bless Me, Ultima, Heart of Aztlán, Tortuga, and Alberqueque; his detective novels, Zia Summer and Rio Grande Fall; and his modern-day parable Jalamanta: A Message from the Desert. Student readers and researchers will find the bibliography which includes reviews, criticisms, and other secondary sources to be very helpful.

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Anaya's seven novels can all be viewed in terms of the Chicano literary tradition, though they have earned a place of respect in mainstream modern American literature. Olmos, professor of modern languages and literatures at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, guides readers through Anaya's literary world, illuminating the mythical, cultural, and linguistic complexities of these stories. Chapters devoted to each novel show patterns and variations of literary devices in Anaya's works, while offering alternative interpretations. A bibliography includes reviews, criticisms, and other secondary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Margarite Fernandez Olmos is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where she teaches courses in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She has coedited numerous volumes including The Latino Reader: An American Literary Tradition from 1542 To The Present (1997) and Remaking A Lost Harmony: Short Stories From The Hispanic Caribbean (1995) for which she was coeditor and translator, and has written a wealth of articles for both Spanish and English language journals.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 The Life of Rudolfo A. Anaya 1
2 Rudolfo A. Anaya and the Chicano Literary Tradition 13
3 Bless Me, Ultima 1972 25
4 Heart of Aztlan 1976 45
5 Tortuga 1979 65
6 Albuquerque 1992 83
7 Zia Summer 1995 103
8 Rio Grande Fall 1996 119
9 Jalamanta: A Message from the Desert 1996 135
Bibliography 149
Index 157
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