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  • Literature as History: Autobiography, Testimonio, and the Novel in the Chicano and Latino Experience
  • Mario T. García
  • 2016
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  • Published by: University of Arizona Press
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Historical documents—and, for that matter, historical sources—exist in many forms. The traditional archival sources such as official documents, newspapers, correspondence, and diaries can be supplemented by personal archives, oral histories, and even works of fiction in order for historians to illuminate the past.

Literature as History offers a critical new path for Chicano and Latino history. Historian Mario T. García analyzes prominent works of Chicano fiction, nonfiction, and autobiographical literature to explore how they can sometimes reveal even more about ordinary people’s lives. García argues that this approach can yield personal insights into historical events that more formal documents omit, lending insights into such diverse issues as gender identity, multiculturalism, sexuality, and the concerns of the working class.

In a stimulating and imaginative look at the intersection of history and literature, García discusses the meaning and intent of narratives. Literature as History represents a unique way to rethink history. García, a leader in the field of Chicano history and one of the foremost historians of his generation, explores how Chicano historians can use Chicano and Latino literature as important historical sources. Autobiography, testimonio, and fiction are the genres the author researches to obtain new and insightful perspectives on Chicano history at the personal and grassroots levels. Breaking the boundaries between history and literature, García provides a thought-provoking discussion of what constitutes a historical source.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Literature as History
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Part I. Autobiography and Testimonio
  1. 1. The Historian as Autobiographer: Ramón Eduardo Ruiz Urueta’s Memories of a Hyphenated Man
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. 2. Identity and Gender in the Mexican American Testimonio: The Life and Narrative of Frances Esquibel Tywoniak
  2. pp. 38-53
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  1. 3. Transculturation, Memory, and History: Mary Helen Ponce’s Hoyt Street—An Autobiography
  2. pp. 54-67
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  1. 4. Americanization, Ethnicity, and Sexuality: The Triple Consciousness of Richard Rodriguez and John Rechy
  2. pp. 68-89
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  1. 5. Beyond Chicanismo: Gendered Transitions and Central American Women’s Autobiographies
  2. pp. 90-108
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  1. Part II. The Novel
  1. 6. History, Literature, and the Chicano Working-Class Novel: A Critical Analysis of Alejandro Morales’s The Brick People
  2. pp. 111-126
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  1. 7. The Mexican American Search for Identity: Ruben Salazar’s Unpublished Novel, “A Stranger’s House”
  2. pp. 127-144
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  1. 8. ¡Raza Sí! ¡Guerra No!: A Historical Perspective on the Chicano Antiwar Movement in Stella Pope Duarte’s Let Their Spirits Dance
  2. pp. 145-166
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 171-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-190
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 191
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816534555
Related ISBN(s)
9780816533558, 9780816538690
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OCLC
959329684
Pages
203
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-06
Language
English
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No

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