Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature

Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature

by John Alba Cutler

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Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature by John Alba Cutler

Ends of Assimilation examines how Chicano literature imagines the conditions and costs of cultural change, arguing that its thematic preoccupation with assimilation illuminates the function of literature. John Alba Cutler shows how mid-century sociologists advanced a model of assimilation that ignored the interlinking of race, gender, and sexuality and characterized American culture as homogeneous, stable, and exceptional. He demonstrates how Chicano literary works from the postwar period to the present understand culture as dynamic and self-consciously promote literature as a medium for influencing the direction of cultural change. With original analyses of works by canonical and noncanonical writers—from Américo Paredes, Sandra Cisneros, and Jimmy Santiago Baca to Estela Portillo Trambley, Alfredo Véa, and Patricia Santana—Ends of Assimilation demands that we reevaluate assimilation, literature, and the very language we use to talk about culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190210120
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/16/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Alba Cutler is Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Representing Race, Producing Culture: Chicano/a Literature and the Sociology of Assimilation

Chapter 1: Becoming Mexican-American Literature

Chapter 2: Quinto Sol, Chicano/a Literature, and the Long March Through Institutions

Chapter 3: Cultural Capital and the Singularity of Literature in Hunger of Memory and The Rain God

Chapter 4: Cultures of Poverty, Lyric Subjects, and Sandra Cisneros's Wicked Wicked Ways

Chapter 5: Segmented Assimilation and Jimmy Santiago Baca's Prison Counterpublics

Chapter 6: Disappeared Men: Chicano/a Authenticity and the American War in Viet Nam


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