Chicano Detective Fiction: A Critical Study of Five Novelists

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McFarland, May 9, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 235 pages
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In his 1985 novel Partners in Crime, writer Rolando Hinojosa introduced homicide investigator Rafe Buenrostro, the first Chicano protagonist in one of the most enduring genres of modern literature. Since that time, Chicano writers have embraced the detective novel, successfully diversifying and refining a traditional Anglo American and British genre. The 21 whodunits of Hinojosa, Rudolfo Anaya, Lucha Corpi, Michael Nava and Manuel Ramos are closely studied in this groundbreaking work. The models, both contemporary and Romantic, of this relatively new Chicano genre are first discussed. Next come detailed analysis and reviews of such novels as Shaman Winter, Partners in Crime, Cactus Blood and 18 others, focusing on how each writer departs from contemporary detective genre formula, uniquely rendering a particular regional or cultural variation of what it means to be Chicano. It is this departure from the norm that defines these writings and distinguishes them from the Anglo American and British whodunit. Interviews with the writers conclude the work.
 

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Contents

Histories and Mythologization
17
Rudolfo Anayas Shaman Winter
31
Rolando Hinojosas Partners in Crime
55
Lucha Corpis Cactus Blood
78
Manuel Ramos
108
Michael Navas Gay Detective
123
Latino Detective Fiction in the United States and Interviews with the Chicano Chefs Anaya Corpi Hinojosa Nava and Ramos
149
Is a Wrap a Taco or Is a Taco a Wrap?
183
Chapter Notes
207
Bibliography
211
Index
221
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Currently working on a novel, Susan Baker Sotelo is a Spanish teacher in Tucson, Arizona.

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