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This is a rarity in contemporary writing, a truly bilingual enterprise, as in Susana Chávez-Silverman’s previous memoir, Killer Crónicas. Chávez-Silverman switches between English and Spanish, creating a linguistic mestizaje that is still a surprise encounter in the world of letters today, and the author forms one of a small but growing band of writers to embrace bilingualism as a literary force. Also like Killer Crónicas, each chapter in Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles is a “crónica,” a vignette that began as intimate diary entries and e-mails and letters to lovers, friends, and ghosts from the past. These episodic chapters follow the Chávez-Silverman’s personal history, from California to South Africa and Australia and back, from unfathomable loss to deeply felt joy. Readers drawn into this witty book will confront their own conceptions of boundaries, borders, languages, memories, and spaces.
 
Honorable Mention, Best Biography–Spanish or Bilingual International Latino Book Awards

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Cartografía Humana/Star Maps Crónica
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. I. Diary Inside/ Color Local Crónica
  2. pp. 10-16
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  1. II. Montalvo Diary
  2. pp. 17-35
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  1. III. On Going Back Crónica
  2. pp. 36-41
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  1. IV. San Francisco Transcript /Diary
  2. pp. 42-52
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  1. V. In My Country Crónica
  2. pp. 53-57
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  1. VI. San Francisco Days Crónica
  2. pp. 58-61
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  1. Un Pico (De)presión Diptych
  2. p. 63
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  1. VII. Trincheras Crónica
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. VIII. Hawk Call Crónica
  2. pp. 69-71
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  1. IX. Oda a la Ambigüedad Crónica
  2. pp. 72-75
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  1. X. Mountainess/Montañ(os)a Crónica
  2. pp. 76-82
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  1. XI. South Coast Plaza Crónica
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. XII. I Want the Wrapper Crónica
  2. pp. 88-90
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  1. XIII. Mini Geography Lesson Crónica
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. XIV. Arañita Cobriza Crónica
  2. pp. 94-96
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  1. XV. Westside Desilusión Crónica
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. There Was Blood Diptych
  2. p. 101
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  1. XVI. Unos Cuantos Piquetitos Crónica
  2. pp. 103-107
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  1. XVII. Momentos Hemorrágicos Crónica
  2. pp. 108-116
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  1. XVIII. Currawong Crónica
  2. pp. 117-123
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  1. XIX. Por Montalvo Crónica
  2. pp. 124-129
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  1. XX. Alchemy Armisteadiana Crónica
  2. pp. 130-134
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  1. XXI. Tuberose Frenesí Crónica
  2. pp. 135-139
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  1. XXII. Solstice/Shamanic Magia Crónica
  2. pp. 140-145
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  1. XXIII. (Almost) Milagros Crónica
  2. pp. 146-150
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  1. XXIV. Todavía Wild (at Heart) Crónica
  2. pp. 151-153
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  1. Afterword: Linguistic Perspectives on Code-Switching
  2. pp. 155-159
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299235239
Related ISBN
9780299235246
MARC Record
OCLC
615635637
Pages
157
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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