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Chicana/o and Latina/o FictionThe New Memory of Latinidad$
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Ylce Irizarry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039911

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039911.001.0001

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Neocolonialism’s Bounty

Neocolonialism’s Bounty

From Arrival to New Memory

(p.1) Introduction Neocolonialism’s Bounty
Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

Ylce Irizarry

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter provides a background of Chicana/o and Latina/o literature. Chicana/o and Latina/o literature particularly demonstrate the increasing focus on empowerment—economic, political, and sexual—within Chicana/o and Latina/o America, not within Anglo-America. As such, the concept of the narratives developing in Chicana/o and Latina/o literature reflects an ongoing negotiation of form and meaning. That the narratives are told with varying elements, techniques, and genres should indicate their narrative dynamism, not a mutual inclusivity to either historical or mimetic representation. Indeed, the later novels of successful multiethnic authors explore larger cultural discourses, transnational migrations, and shifting literary aesthetics. This book then outlines specific narratives recurrent in Chicana/o and Latina/o literatures.

Keywords:   Chicana literature, Chicano literature, Latina literature, Latino literature, narrative dynamism, multiethnic authors, transnational migrations, literary aesthetics

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