In this comprehensive examination of Chicano and Chicana literature, Charles M. Tatum brings a new and refreshing perspective to the ethnic identity of Mexican Americans. From the earliest sixteenth-century chronicles of the Spanish Period to the poetry and narrative fiction of the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, and then to the flowering of all literary genres in the post-Chicano Movement years, Chicano/a literature amply reflects the hopes and aspirations, as well as the frustrations and disillusionments, of an often marginalized population.
Exploring the work of Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Luis Alberto Urrea, and many more, Tatum examines the important social, historical, and cultural contexts in which the writing evolved, paying special attention to the Chicano Movement and the flourishing of literary texts during the 1960s and early 1970s. Chapters provide an overview of the most important theoretical and critical approaches employed by scholars over the past forty years and survey the major trends and themes in contemporary autobiography, ficiton, poetry, and theater.
Charles M. Tatum is the dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. He is also the author of Chicano Popular Culture: Que hable el pueblo, published by the University of Arizona Press.
Chicano and Chicana Literature is a volume in the series The Mexican American Experience, a cluster of modular texts designed to provide greater flexibility in undergraduate education. Each book deals with a single topic concerning the Mexican American population. Instructors can create a semester-length course from any combination of volumes, or may choose to use one or two volumes to complement other texts. For more information, please visit www.uapress.arizona.edu/textbooks/latino.htm
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