La AutobiografÍa Hispana ContemporÁnea En Los Estados UnidosA Través Del Celeidoscopio

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This study focuses on the dieverse fiews on identity and cultural location inscribed in Latino/a autobiographical writings. Identities go beyond ethnic and national identity to become pluridimensional and postmodern. It contains close readings of seven Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, and Chicano/a contemporary autobiographies: Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Piri Thomas, Luis J. Rodríguez, Nicholasa Mohr, Gloria Anzaldúa, Norma Elia Cantú, and Judith Ortiz Cofer, in addition to a number of autobiographical essays. In Spanish


“. . . a well-conceptualized text that effectively uses a contemporary theoretical framework to engage the all-encompassing concepts of identity and location. Dr. Lopez’s careful selection of primary texts that show a recurrence of thematic concerns, and gender-based similarities and differences, a composite picture that spans from the 60s to the 90s. . . . moves through successive stages of the constitution of identity to arrive at a more fluid, diverse, and in fact kaleidoscopic concept, where gender, ethnicity, and class all intermingle to form and define Latino/a identity. To read this book is to gain a fresh perspective into the complex ideas of Latino/a identities and their positionalities inside the U.S. cultural fabric.” – Viviana Rangil

“A work of broadly encompassing scope and genuinely comparative reach, it brings the literary production of this country’s three most longstanding, demographically significant, and influential Hispanic populations into revealingly dialogic converse. . . . It offers the reader a detailed, precisely articulated, and historical context-sensitive examination of a bicultural, heterogeneous, trans- and multi-national universe of Latino experience, and one whose discerning comparative vision and theoretical sophistication also give it a distinctly timely pertinence.” – Roberto Márquez

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