Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers

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University of Nevada Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 225 pages
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During the past two decades, literary issues such as multiculturalism, gender, borders and border crossing, and the development of personal, cultural, and alternative identities have become increasingly important. The same years have seen the flourishing of writers from a number of ethnic minorities, including the Mexican-American women who are the subjects of these probing and insightful interviews by Karin Rosa Ikas. The interviews, which address such topics as personal background, education, sense of ethnic and gender identity, the origins and intention of published works, and general views on writing, culture, and art, reveal a rich multiplicity of Chicana voices and views. The writers come from Texas, New Mexico, and California; their connections to Mexico are as direct as having been born there and as tenuous as having descended from a family resident in New Mexico for more than four centuries. Their backgrounds reflect a wide range of socioeconomic realities, and their views on gender, sexuality, race, and writing are equally diverse. Yet to each of these writers, her identity as a Chicana and as a woman is critically important to her evolution and purpose as a writer. Chicana Ways will be essential reading for anyone interested in multicultural and feminist literature and will serve as compelling documentation of the rich diversity and brilliance of contemporary Mexican-American writing.
 

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Contents

GLORIA ANZALDUA Writer Editor Critic and Third World
1
LORNA DEE CERVANTES Poet Educator Political andFeminist
27
DEMISE CHAVEZ Novelist Playwright and Actress
47
LUCHA CORPI Poet Novelist and Educator
67
A M 1 E L u j A N Cofounder of the Latina Theatre Lab and Actress
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DEMETRIA MARTINEZ Author and Journalist
113
PAT MORA Poet Writer and Educator
127
CHERRIE MORACA Poet Playwright Essayist and Educator
153
MARY HELEN PONCE Author andUniversity Instructor
175
ESTELA PORTILLOTRAMBLEY Playwright Fiction Writer Poet
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Karin Ikas received her Ph.D. at the University of W rzburg, Germany, in 1999 with a dissertation on "Modern Chicana Literature: An Intercultural Analysis" [German title: Die zeitgen ssische Chicana-Literatur: Eine interkulturelle Untersuchung]. She is now a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of W rzburg in the Department of Cultures, Languages and Literatures of English Speaking Countries. Her publications include articles on Chicana Literature and an edited collection of Chicano short stories for high-school students. Her publications include articles on Chicana Literature and an edited collection of Chicano short stories for high-school students. She is author of Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers and co-editor of Latino Literatures and Cultures: An International Perspective (together with Professor F. Lomel , UC Santa Barbara) and the recently co-edited Short Stories from Australia and New Zealand, an annotated anthology with Professor David Carter (University of Queensland in Brisbane) Her new research projects involve also studies on English language drama in the 19th and 20th century, the experience of War in English Language Literatures and English language playwrights of the 1860s to the 1930s. She has won several fellowships and is recipient of the Daimler Chrysler Foundation's "Academy Award for Intercultural Studies 2001." In December 2002 she was awarded the President and Jubilee Foundation Award of the University of W rzburg for Excellence Research in English Language Literary and Cultural Studies.

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