Blood Lines Myth, Indigenism, and Chicana/o Literature

by Sheila Marie Contreras

Part of the Chicana Matters Series

Blood Lines Myth, Indigenism, and Chicana/o Literature Synopsis

Runner-up, Modern Language Association Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies, 2009 Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism, and Chicana/o Literature examines a broad array of texts that have contributed to the formation of an indigenous strand of Chicano cultural politics. In particular, this book exposes the ethnographic and poetic discourses that shaped the aesthetics and stylistics of Chicano nationalism and Chicana feminism. Contreras offers original perspectives on writers ranging from Alurista and Gloria Anzaldua to Lorna Dee Cervantes and Alma Luz Villanueva, effectively marking the invocation of a Chicano indigeneity whose foundations and formulations can be linked to U.S. and British modernist writing. By highlighting intertextualities such as those between Anzaldua and D. H. Lawrence, Contreras critiques the resilience of primitivism in the Mexican borderlands. She questions established cultural perspectives on the native, which paradoxically challenge and reaffirm racialized representations of Indians in the Americas. In doing so, Blood Lines brings a new understanding to the contradictory and richly textured literary relationship that links the projects of European modernism and Anglo-American authors, on the one hand, and the imaginary of the post-revolutionary Mexican state and Chicano/a writers, on the other hand.

Blood Lines Myth, Indigenism, and Chicana/o Literature Press Reviews

Utterly fascinating and urgently needed. Contreras manages to achieve a sustained, insightful, and comprehensive analysis. This will surely be path-breaking [and] draw attention to a concept that has been heretofore relatively understudied. Her work fills an important lacunae that will unlikely be surpassed for some time. Louis Mendoza, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chicano Studies, University of Minnesota

Book Information

ISBN: 9780292717978
Publication date: 1st July 2008
Author: Sheila Marie Contreras
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 232 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general, Ethnic studies,

About Sheila Marie Contreras

SHEILA MARIE CONTRERAS is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches American Studies and Chicano/Latino Studies. She lives in Lansing.

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