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Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture
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In recent decades, Chicana/o literary and cultural productions have dramatically shifted from a nationalist movement that emphasized unity to one that openly celebrates diverse experiences. Charting this transformation, Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture looks to the late 1970s, during a resurgence of global culture, as a crucial turning point whose reverberations in twenty-first-century late capitalism have been profound. Arguing for a postnationalism that documents the radical politics and aesthetic processes of the past while embracing contemporary cultural and sociopolitical expressions among Chicana/o peoples, Hernández links the multiple forces at play in these interactions. Reconfiguring text-based analysis, she looks at the comparative development of movements within women’s rights and LGBTQI activist circles. Incorporating economic influences, this unique trajectory leads to a new conception of border studies as well, rethinking the effects of a restructured masculinity as a symbol of national cultural transformation. Ultimately positing that globalization has enhanced the emergence of new Chicana/o identities, Hernández cultivates important new understandings of borderlands identities and postnationalism itself.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. One. POSTNATIONALISM: Encountering the Global
  2. pp. 15-49
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  1. Two. IDEALIZED PASTS: Discourses on Chicana Postnationalism
  2. pp. 51-81
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  1. Three. CULTURAL BORDERLANDS: The Limits of National Citizenship
  2. pp. 83-108
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  1. Four. CHICANA/O FASHION CODES: The Political Significance of Style
  2. pp. 109-124
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  1. Five. PERFORMATIVITY IN THE CHICANA/O AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 125-154
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  1. Six. DENATIONALIZING CHICANA/O QUEER REPRESENTATIONS
  2. pp. 155-181
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 191-201
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 203-227
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 229-247
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