Rolando Hinojosa and the American Dream

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University of North Texas Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 221 pages
Rolando Hinojosa is a Texas writer with his sense of place centered in the Texas Valley, a world in itself and a place recognizable as a discrete community. But Hinojosa's work transcends the regional, transcends the Valley, transcends Texas, while it remains rooted in all three.

Hinojosa is treated here from the perspective of his place in the mainstream of American literature and with his attempts to write works that speak to a large and more diverse audience, rather than from the perspective of his place within the world of Texas-Mexican literature. Joyce Lee does not neglect the regional aspects of Hinojosa's works, but puts them into the context of what they say about the vitality of American culture at large and about the Mexican culture's variations of the American Dream.

Covers Hinojosa's full-length books-- Dear Rafe, Klail City, The Useless Servants, The Valley, Partners in Crime, and Rites and Witnesses --as well as his essays and articles.
 

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This is a superb overview of Rolando Hinojosa's work. I remember reading the manuscript copy of his first work Estampas del Valle and encouraging him to send ti to Quinto Sol Publications. Rolando is one of our exemplary writers. An ememdation to Joyce Glover Lee's commentary is in order, however. I never claimed to have founded "The Chicano Renaissance." I simply wrote about it. The Renaissance sprang from the deep roots of the Mexican American literary tradition. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Ph.D. Scholar in Residence Western New Mexico University 

Contents

American Odyssey
1
The Río Grande Valley A Cultural Marriage
27
Marking the Path The Death Trip in Sequence
56
Lying to with Sails Set The Trip Begins
85
A Change in Direction
117
The End of a Journey
163
Paradise Lost and Found
195
Works Cited
207
Index
217
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Joyce Glover Lee's research specialties are women and minority writers of the Southwest. She is currently teaching at the University of North Texas in Denton while working on monographs on Denise Chávez and Oveta Culp Hobby.

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