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Chicano Nations The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature by Marissa K. Lopez
  

Chicano Nations The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature

Part of the American Literatures Initiative Series

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Chicano Nations The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature by Marissa K. Lopez

Part of the American Literatures Initiative Series Chicano Nations argues that the transnationalism that is central to Chicano identity originated in the global, postcolonial moment at the turn of the nineteenth century rather than as an effect of contemporary economic conditions, which began in the mid nineteenth century and primarily affected the laboring classes. The Spanish empire then began to implode, and colonists in the new world debated the national contours of the viceroyalties. This is where Marissa K. Lopez locates the origins of Chicano literature, which is now and always has been postnational, encompassing the wealthy, the poor, the white, and the mestizo. Tracing its long history and the diversity of subject positions it encompasses, Chicano Nations explores the shifting literary forms authors have used to write the nation from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Lopez argues that while national and global tensions lie at the historical heart of Chicana/o narratives of the nation, there should be alternative ways to imagine the significance of Chicano literature other than as a reflection of national identity. In a nuanced analysis, the book provides a way to think of early writers as a meaningful part of Chicano literary history, and, in looking at the nation, rather than the particularities of identity, as that which connects Chicano literature over time, it engages the emerging hemispheric scholarship on U.S. literature.

Reviews

Rather than assuming that the Chicano movement simply triggered the 'feminist and queer work of the 1980s and 1990s,
work that was in fact a response to

'the long history of hemispheric change,'
this broader understanding sees it as advancing a true

'transamerican ideal'
that enables a

'global vision.' -Jerome Klinowitz,American Literary Scholarship Engaging, smart, and lucid, Chicano Nations digs deep into the long

history of Mexican America and finds an original story to tell. Lopez's

analysis updates and refreshes the field of Chicano literature and makes a

strong case for its continuing vitality in the twenty-first century. -Kirsten Silva Gruesz,University of California, Santa Cruz This book should provoke fruitful debates on nationalism, citizenship, and what chicanismo signifies in the twenty-first century. -Beth Hernandez-Jean,MELUS'


About the Author

Marissa K. Lopez is Assistant Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2011

Author

Marissa K. Lopez

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Publisher

New York University Press

Format

Hardback
269 pages

Categories

Literary studies: general

ISBN

9780814752616

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