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Author Quintana, Alvina
Title Home Girls : Chicana Literary Voices
Imprint Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1996
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Note Intro -- Coments -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction:Testimonio as Biotheory -- 1. Politics, Representation, and Emergence of Chicana Aesthetics -- 2. Classical Rifts:The Fugue and Chicana Poetics -- 3. The House on Mango Street: An Appropriation of Word, Space, and Sign -- 4. Shades of the Indigenous Ethnographer: Ana Castillo's Mixquiahuala Letters -- 5. Orality, Tradition, and Culture: Denise Chavez's Novena Narrativas and The Last of the Menu Girls -- 6. New Visions: Culture, Sexuality, and Autobiography -- Notes -- Index
"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 Chicana writers in the United States write to inspire social change, to challenge a patriarchal and homophobic culture, to redefine traditional gender roles, 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
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Quintana, Alvina Home Girls : Chicana Literary Voices Philadelphia : Temple University Press,c1996 9781566393720
Subject American literature -- Mexican American authors -- History and criticism.;Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.;American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.;Mexican American women -- Intellectual life.;Mexican American women in literature.;Mexican Americans in literature
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