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  • Acknowledgments ix

    Foreword: Redefining American Literature / Roland Hinojosa xi

    Editors' Introduction: Criticism in the Borderlands 1

    Part I. Institutional Studies and the Literary Canon

    Narrative, Ideology, and the Reconstruction of American Literary History / Ramón Saldívar 11

    The Rewriting of American Literary History / Luis Leal 21

    The Theoretical Subject(s) of This Bridge Called My Back and Anglo-American Feminism / Norma Alarcón 28

    Part II. Representations of the Chicana/o Subject: Race, Class, and Gender

    Imprisoned Narrative? Or Lies, Secrets, and Silence in New Mexico Women's Autobiography / Genaro Padilla 43

    Body, Spirit, and the Text: Alma Villanueva's Life Span / Elizabeth J. Ordóñez 61

    Ana Castillo's The Mixquiahuala Letters: The Novelist as Ethnographer / Alvina E. Quintana 72

    Fables of the Fallen Guy / Renato Rosaldo 84

    Part III. Genre, Ideology, and History

    The Novel and the Community of Readers: Rereading Tomás Rivera's Y no se le tragó la tierra / Héctor Calderón 97

    Ideological Discourses in Arturo Islas's The Rain God / Rosaura Sánchez 114

    Conceptualizing Chicano Critical Discourse / Angie Chabram 127

    Sites of Struggle: Immigration, Deportation, Prison, and Exile / Barbara Harlow 149

    Part IV. Aesthetics of the Border

    Chicano Border Narratives as Cultural Critique / José David Saldívar 167

    On Chicano Poetry and the Political Age: Corridos as Social Drama / Teresa McKenna 188

    Feminism on the Border / From Gender Politics to Geopolitics / Sonia Saldívar-Hull 203

    Dancing with the Devil: Society, Gender, and the Political Unconcious in Mexican-American South Texas / José E. Limón 221

    Works Cited 237

    Selected and Annotated Bibliography of Contemporary Chicano Literary Criticism 260

    Index 275

    Contributors 287
  • Ramón Saldívar

    Luis Leal

    Norma Alarcon

    Genaro Padilla

    Renato Rosaldo

    Héctor Calderón

    Rosaura Sánchez

    Angie Chabram-Dernersesian

    Barbara Harlow

    José David Saldívar

    Teresa McKenna

    Sonia Saldívar-Hull

    José E. Limón

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    This pathbreaking anthology of Chicano literary criticism, with essays on a remarkable range of texts—both old and new—draws on diverse perspectives in contemporary literary and cultural studies: from ethnographic to postmodernist, from Marxist to feminist, from cultural materialist to new historicist.
    The editors have organized essays around four board themes: the situation of Chicano literary studies within American literary history and debates about the “canon”; representations of the Chicana/o subject; genre, ideology, and history; and the aesthetics of Chicano literature. The volume as a whole aims at generating new ways of understanding what counts as culture and “theory” and who counts as a theorist. A selected and annotated bibliography of contemporary Chicano literary criticism is also included.
    By recovering neglected authors and texts and introducing readers to an emergent Chicano canon, by introducing new perspectives on American literary history, ethnicity, gender, culture, and the literary process itself, Criticism in the Borderlands is an agenda-setting collection that moves beyond previous scholarship to open up the field of Chicano literary studies and to define anew what is American literature.

    Contributors. Norma Alarcón, Héctor Calderón, Angie Chabram, Barbara Harlow, Rolando Hinojosa, Luis Leal, José E. Limón, Terese McKenna, Elizabeth J. Ordóñez, Genero Padilla, Alvina E. Quintana, Renato Rosaldo, José David Saldívar, Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Rosaura Sánchez, Roberto Trujillo

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