Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Volume 5

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Kenya Dworkin y Méndez, Agnes Lugo-Ortiz
Arte Publico Press, 2006 - American literature - 224 pages
This volume of essays marks the fifteenth year of archival and critical work conducted under the auspices of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project at the University of Houston. This ongoing and comprehensive program seeks to locate, identify, preserve, and disseminate the literary contributions of U.S. Latinos from the Spanish Colonial Period to contemporary times. The contributors explore key issues and challenges in this project, such as the issue of its legitimacy and acceptance in teh academic canon, whether the basic archival phase of the Recovery Project is complete, and if teh assumption that there is widespread recognition of the existence and vitality of a centuries-long U.S. Hispanic literary tradition may be premature and perhaps imprudent. Originally presented at the biennial conferences of the Recovery project, the essays are divided in five sections: "Rethinking Latino/a Subject Positions," "Negotiating Cultural Authority and the Canon," "Orality, Performance, and the Archive," "Re-Contextualizing Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton," and "Bibliographic Reports." Covering a wide range of topics, essays include "Bending Chicano Identity and Experience in Arturo Isla's Early Borderland Short Stories," "Recovering Mexican America in the Classroom," and "Early New Mexican Criticism: The Case of Breve Resena de la literatura hispana de Nuevo Mexico y Colorado." In their introduction, editors Kenya Dworkin y Mendez and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz give an overview of the editorial framing of the previous volumes in the series and discuss the significant research issues and agendas raised over the past fifteen years. This volume, like the ones that precede it, is bilingual, confirming the cultural politics that have animated the Recovery Project since its inception: the understanding that the U.S. is a complex multicultural and multilingual society.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Rethinking Latinoa Subject Positions
21
The Strange Case of José Agustin Quintero
23
Américo Paredes George Washington Gómez and US Patriotic Mythology
35
Bending Chicano Identity and Experience in Arturo Islass Early Borderland Short Stories
55
Negotiating Cultural Authority and the Canon
65
An Aesthetic and Utilitarian Defense of Spanish in New Mexico and Its Implications for Cultural Citizenship
67
Reescritura de un imaginario nacional
81
Performing the pachuco in the Mexican American Carpa
121
Reflexiones en torno a Herencia En otra voz y los límites de un saber
139
ReContextualizing Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
169
The Land Act of 1851 as the Handmaiden of Manifest Destiny
171
Ruiz de Burtons Questioning of Manifest Destiny
185
Bibliographic Reports
197
Recuento bibliográfico
199
The Case of Breve reseña de la literatura hispana de Nuevo México y Colorado
206

Recovering Mexican America in the Classroom
92
Orality Performance and the Archive
107
The Nuevomexicano Cuentos of the WPA
109
Contributors
215
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