Voices of Marginality: Exile and Return in Second Isaiah 40-55 and the Mexican Immigrant Experience

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Voices of Marginality is theoretically grounded in the theology of the diaspora, which according to Fernando F. Segovia has been forged in the migratory experience of American Hispanics. This theological perspective views Judean exiles (587 B.C.E.) and contemporary Mexican migrants as part of a recurring diasporic human experience. The present analysis "reads across" from the exile and return envisioned in the poetry of Second Isaiah (40-55) to the corridos (ballads) about Mexican immigration to the United ...

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Overview

Voices of Marginality is theoretically grounded in the theology of the diaspora, which according to Fernando F. Segovia has been forged in the migratory experience of American Hispanics. This theological perspective views Judean exiles (587 B.C.E.) and contemporary Mexican migrants as part of a recurring diasporic human experience. The present analysis "reads across" from the exile and return envisioned in the poetry of Second Isaiah (40-55) to the corridos (ballads) about Mexican immigration to the United States. More specifically, the diasporic categories of exile and return in Second Isaiah inform our reading of exile and return in the Mexican immigrant corridos. Conversely, the rhetorical ability of these corridos to transmit a collective Mexican identity for immigrants in the United States provides a compelling lens for understanding the images of exile and return in Second Isaiah. Ultimately, both literary productions reflect voices of marginality.

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Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Diaspora Theology as an Optic for Analyzing Exile and Return 5

The Theoretical Framework of Diaspora Theology 7

The Reading Strategy of Diaspora Theology 16

Conclusion 19

Ch. 2 The Causal Connections of Empire with Exile and Return 30

Biblical Literature of Exile and Return under the Shadow of Empire 31

The Socio-Historical Context of Mexican-U.S. Migration 42

The Role of the U.S. Global Economic Empire in Instigating Mexican Migration 50

Conclusion 53

Ch. 3 Exile in Second Isaiah and the Mexican Immigrant Experience 64

Recovering a Vanquishing Identity in Second Isaiah 69

Second Isaiah's Vision of Exile and Mexican Immigrant Corridos 82

Conclusion 95

Ch. 4 Return in Second Isaiah and the Mexican Immigrant Experience 105

Imagining Return in the Poetry of Second Isaiah 110

Vision of Return in Second Isaiah and Mexican Immigrant Corridos 118

Conclusion 133

Conclusion 144

Bibliography 153

Index 167

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