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 “can” and “ask” highlights how texts, in the worlds they imagine, act upon a reader’s mind. They communicate to that mind a particular meaning, point-of-view, and ethics. Within the field of Chicano/a literature— and U.S. multiethnic literature in general—the tendency has ...
One. Mapping Resistance in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima and Rolando Hinojosa’s “Sometimes It Just Happens That Way; That’s All”
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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 cultures—both hegemonic and marginalized—as 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 Rechy’s The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez and Helena María Viramontes’s “The Cariboo Café”
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Lorna Dee Cervantes’s poem “Freeway 280” imagines its titular freeway as an oppressive and destructive force toward the “wild abrazos of climbing roses / and man-high red geraniums” that formerly occupied its space. However, the grasses and gardens seemingly destroyed by the freeway’s construction not only continue to exist underneath its artificial ...
THREE. Cosmopolitan Communities in Alfredo Véa’s La Maravilla and Ana Castillo’s So Far from God
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In “The Cariboo Café,” persistence is precisely what does not happen in the story. It remains an implicit discourse behind the story’s explicitly tragic events. Véa 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 Véa ...
FOUR. Changing Minds in Ana Castillo’s Sapogonia and Arturo Islas’s 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 Anzaldúa’s earlier-mentioned call. These works dramatically embody the need to “leave the opposite bank, the split between the two mortal combatants somehow healed” (Anzaldúa 100). Cultural identities—male and female, Anglo and Chicano, gay and ...
FIVE. The Transformative Spaces of Alfredo Véa’s The Silver Cloud Café 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 Cantú explains, “Alberto, Zeferino, and Jesse Pasadoble [are] three names of the same ‘fictional’ character” (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 millennium’s first decade. Previously, this study elaborated others’ 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