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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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Narratives of Loss

Narratives of Loss

Tracing Migrations

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Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

Ylce Irizarry

University of Illinois Press

This chapter outlines the development of nineteenth-century Chicana/o and Latina/o literature. Despite the critical success of the arrival text, writers engaged issues within Chicana/o and Latina/o America well before the multicultural literature boom of the 1980s. The chapter then studies Tomás Rivera's … And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1971) and Junot Díaz's Drown (1996). Rivera's novella is set in rural Texas migrant communities; Díaz's text follows the movements of a single family in urban New Jersey. Together, Rivera's and Díaz's books illustrate how the narrative of loss permeates both Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, even when the losses depicted occur within distinct temporal, geographic, and cultural spaces.

Keywords:   arrival text, multicultural literature, Tomás Rivera, Junot Díaz, loss, Chicana literature, Chicano literature, Latina literature, Latino literature

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