Rolando Hinojosa and the American Dream
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