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The Communally Derived Ethnic Self in Richard Rodriguez’s Hunger of Memory

From: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
Volume 28, Number 1, Summer 2013
pp. 64-85 | 10.1353/abs.2013.0005



This essay offers a reinterpretation of conventional readings of the connection between individualist and assimilationist arguments in Hunger of Memory, and a reconsideration of Rodriguez’s depiction of the ethnic self. Ultimately, Rodriguez’s individualist stance is a surface posture, underneath which one finds a more fundamental desire for community.