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 writersfrom Américo Paredes, Sandra Cisneros, and Jimmy Santiago Baca to Estela Portillo Trambley, Alfredo Véa, and Patricia SantanaEnds of Assimilation demands that we reevaluate assimilation, literature, and the very language we use to talk about culture.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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