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The Eagle and the Serpent A Bi-Literacy Autobiography by Ignacio Palacios

The Eagle and the Serpent A Bi-Literacy Autobiography


The Eagle and the Serpent A Bi-Literacy Autobiography by Ignacio Palacios

This work describes the author's experiences in both Spanish and English literacy development. It illustrates the bilingual/bicultural experience of acculturation and assimilation, a process of change, both culturally and linguistically. The Eagle and the Serpent does so in three levels: autobiographical narratives in bi-literacy acquisition, expository reflections from the viewpoint of a bilingual/bicultural Mexican-American adult, and finally an analysis of the process evident in the author's experience. Interspersed in the autobiographical elements, Palacios reflects on his spiritual journey of religious conversion, from Mexican Catholicism to American Evangelicalism. After discussing immigration, acculturation, and literacy, the story ends with an appended poem that reflects many immigrant children's lives of metamorphosis.


More than a contribution to the now-established genre of immigrant autobiography, this work presents socially-situated episodes that enable the author to reflect on the struggles to preserve one language and emerge in another... Ignacio's voice invites us to see and hear his world. His way with words and deeds and things, expressed in the multiple genres of narrative, exposition, and poetry, allows the reader to understand the coming into being of his identity, the struggle through rejection, to community, a life among multiple cultures, literacies, and people. -- Dr. Dan Tannacito, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

About the Author

Until he was ten years old, Dr. Ignacio Palacios grew up a native Spanish speaker in Monterrey, Mexico. However, his family's immigration to the United States in the late 1960's has made him an American, with English as his dominant language. He has his Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2001) and an MA in English as a Second Language from the University of Texas-Pan American (1988). Dr. Palacios currently teaches courses in TESOL, linguistics, literature and composition, and Spanish. In addition to their academic work, he and his wife Cynthia are both involved in Spanish church work.

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Publication date

10th October 2007


Ignacio Palacios

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Hamilton Books an imprint of University Press of America


66 pages





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