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Home Girls Chicana Literary Voices

by Alvina E. Quintana

Home Girls Chicana Literary Voices Synopsis

Chicana writers in the United States write to inspire social change, to challenge a patriarchal and homophobic culture, to redefine traditional gender roles, and to influence the future. Alvina E. Quintana examines how Chicana writers engage literary convention through fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography as a means of addressing these motives. Her analysis of the writings of Gloria Anzaldua, Ana Castillo, Denise Chavez, Sandra Cisneros, and Cherrie Moraga addresses a multitude of issues: the social and political forces that influenced the Chicana aesthetic; Chicana efforts to open a dialogue about the limitation of both Anglo-American feminism and Chicano nationalism; experimentations with content and form; the relationship between imaginative writing and self-reflexive ethnography; and performance, domesticity, and sexuality. Employing anthropological, feminist, historical, and literary sources, Quintana explores the continuity found among Chicanas' writing across varied genres - a drive to write themselves into being. Alvina E. Quintana is Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware.

Home Girls Chicana Literary Voices Press Reviews

Home Girls makes an original, bold, and significant contribution to feminist studies, Chicana/o studies, and literature. Quintana accomplishes what few critics in Chicana/o studies have done: she applies different interpretive paradigms to her reading of Chicana texts, blending ethnography with literary criticism, ideological analysis with semiotics. Her reading of literary texts is rich in texture and detail. --Rosa Linda Fregoso, author of Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture

Book Information

ISBN: 9781566393737
Publication date: 23rd January 1996
Author: Alvina E. Quintana
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general, Literary theory, Gender studies, gender groups,

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