Spilling The Beans In Chicanolandia

Spilling The Beans In Chicanolandia

by Frederick Luis Aldama
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0292713126

ISBN-13: 9780292713123

Pub. Date: 03/08/2006

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Since the 1980s, a prolific "second wave" of Chicano/a writers and artists has tremendously expanded the range of genres and subject matter in Chicano/a literature and art. Building on the pioneering work of their predecessors, whose artistic creations were often tied to political activism and the civil rights struggle, today's Chicano/a writers and artists feel

Overview

Since the 1980s, a prolific "second wave" of Chicano/a writers and artists has tremendously expanded the range of genres and subject matter in Chicano/a literature and art. Building on the pioneering work of their predecessors, whose artistic creations were often tied to political activism and the civil rights struggle, today's Chicano/a writers and artists feel free to focus as much on the aesthetic quality of their work as on its social content. They use novels, short stories, poetry, drama, documentary films, and comic books to shape the raw materials of life into art objects that cause us to participate empathetically in an increasingly complex Chicano/a identity and experience.

This book presents far-ranging interviews with twenty-one "second wave" Chicano/a poets, fiction writers, dramatists, documentary filmmakers, and playwrights. Some are mainstream, widely recognized creators, while others work from the margins because of their sexual orientations or their controversial positions. Frederick Luis Aldama draws out the artists and authors on both the aesthetic and the sociopolitical concerns that animate their work. Their conversations delve into such areas as how the artists' or writers' life experiences have molded their work, why they choose to work in certain genres and how they have transformed them, what it means to be Chicano/a in today's pluralistic society, and how Chicano/a identity influences and is influenced by contact with ethnic and racial identities from around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292713123
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
03/08/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introducing a Second Wave of Chicano/a Visual/Verbal Artists

Writers/Artists, Alphabetical Listing

Francisco X. Alarcón
Alfred Arteaga
Ricardo Bracho
Denise Chávez
Lucha Corpi
Dagoberto Gilb
Jaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez)
Juan Felipe Herrera
Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash)
Pat Mora
Cherríe Moraga
Alejandro Morales
Michael Nava
Daniel Olivas
Cecile Pineda
Lourdes Portillo
Luis J. Rodríguez
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Luis Alberto Urrea
Alfredo Véa Jr.
Alma Luz Villanueva

Writers/Artists by Main Genre

Poetry
Francisco X. Alarcón
Alfred Arteaga
Juan Felipe Herrera
Pat Mora
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Novels
Denise Chávez
Lucha Corpi
Alejandro Morales
Michael Nava
Cecile Pineda
Alfredo Véa Jr.
Alma Luz Villanueva
Short Stories
Dagoberto Gilb
Daniel Olivas
Luis J. Rodríguez
Dramatic and Performance Arts
Ricardo Bracho
Cherríe Moraga
Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash)
Other
Jaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez) (comic books)
Lourdes Portillo (documentary film)
Luis Alberto Urrea (nonfiction nature / travel writing)

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