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Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I was first introduced to this anthology while taking a creative writing class at Texas A&M University. It was a required text for the class which led me to believe I would find no use for it outside of class discussion. I was completely wrong in this assumption. Once I read the introduction by the editor Dagoberto Gilb, I knew it was not your average textbook. In the introduction Gilb declares his desire for Hecho en Tejas to be a literary celebration of Texas' hispanic roots; as a formal announcement proclaiming, " We have been here, we are still here." He finishes by expressing his hope that Hecho en Tejas will destroy the ignorance and assumptions surrounding the hispanic history of Texas. Having read several of the works in this anthology, I believe that Hecho en Tejas serves this purpose as Gilb intended. It is a compilation of works revealing the diverse history of Texas through the unique and honest perspectives of its authors. It is a joy to read, and needless to say I will never sell this 'textbook' back.
While I despise being told what to read and when to read it for college English, This was the best choice of a mandatory read because now I pick up the book to read what others of my culture write like. This book opened my eyes to my culture and taught me more then I could learn from any other book I have ever had to read about other people telling me about m culture. Here in this book it was people from culture telling me their experiences or others experiences and how they handled them. This collection of works showed me that you have to be proud of your heritage and to write what you know because that creates some of the best stories and writings. That writing from experience can only bring out the best in a person and can only help a person to grow.