Of Space and Mind
Cognitive Mappings of Contemporary Chicano/a Fiction
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Texas Press
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I first met Frederick Aldama in his Re-Imagining the Metropolis seminar at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a course that introduced me to the works of Arturo Islas and Alfredo V
Introduction: Toward New Mappings of Contemporary Chicano/a Fiction
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These are the questions at the center of this study. The emphasis above on the words âcanâ and âaskâ highlights how texts, in the worlds they imagine, act upon a readerâs mind. They communicate to that mind a particular meaning, point-of-view, and ethics. Within the field of Chicano/a literatureâ and U.S. multiethnic literature in generalâthe tendency has ...
One. Mapping Resistance in Rudolfo Anayaâs Bless Me, Ultima and Rolando Hinojosaâs âSometimes It Just Happens That Way; Thatâs Allâ
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... peoples and communities as opposed to, in conflict with, and distant from U.S. society. Implicit within this is a view of these culturesâboth hegemonic and marginalizedâas homogenous, centered entities. In the specific case of Chicano/a literature, resistance promulgates a view of Chicanos/ as as a wholly homogenous culture, wholly separate from a similarly ...
TWO. Mapping Persistence in John Rechyâs The Miraculous Day of Amalia GÃ³mez and Helena MarÃa Viramontesâs âThe Cariboo CafÃ©â
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Lorna Dee Cervantesâs poem âFreeway 280â imagines its titular freeway as an oppressive and destructive force toward the âwild abrazos of climbing roses / and man-high red geraniumsâ that formerly occupied its space. However, the grasses and gardens seemingly destroyed by the freewayâs construction not only continue to exist underneath its artificial ...
THREE. Cosmopolitan Communities in Alfredo VÃ©aâs La Maravilla and Ana Castilloâs So Far from God
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In âThe Cariboo CafÃ©,â persistence is precisely what does not happen in the story. It remains an implicit discourse behind the storyâs explicitly tragic events. VÃ©a and Castillo, on the other hand, explicitly emphasize communities of ethnic and cultural differences as the embodiment of persistence.1 Both Buckeye Road, Arizona, in VÃ©a ...
FOUR. Changing Minds in Ana Castilloâs Sapogonia and Arturo Islasâs La Mollie and the King of Tears
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... with their respective spatial and textual constructions of persistence, represent a first step toward answering AnzaldÃºaâs earlier-mentioned call. These works dramatically embody the need to âleave the opposite bank, the split between the two mortal combatants somehow healedâ (AnzaldÃºa 100). Cultural identitiesâmale and female, Anglo and Chicano, gay and ...
FIVE. The Transformative Spaces of Alfredo VÃ©aâs The Silver Cloud CafÃ© and Gods Go Begging
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... experiences of its protagonist, Jesse Pasadoble, who, like Zeferino, works in his present as a defense attorney. As Roberto CantÃº explains, âAlberto, Zeferino, and Jesse Pasadoble [are] three names of the same âfictionalâ characterâ (240). The overlaps and resonances among their respective stories and plots allow the novels to function not only as a trilogy, but also ...
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Some of the same problematic rhetorics of difference simply took on new forms in this millenniumâs first decade. Previously, this study elaborated othersâ critique of cultural studies: that it denied texts their special transcendence by, in a sense, dragging them down into processes of history, power, and sociopolitics (see Farrell 23). Today, the opposite is lamented. ...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture Series