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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 Reclamation

Narratives of Reclamation

Embodying Ritual and Allegory

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Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

Ylce Irizarry

University of Illinois Press

This chapter evaluates the proliferation of Chicana literature following El Movimiento. This frames the discussion of the narrative of reclamation in the Chicana novel So Far from God (1993) by Ana Castillo as well as in the Dominican American novel Soledad (2001) by Angie Cruz. Both of these novels portray characters finding out whether ritual is effective in reclaiming their identity. By paying special attention to the novels' constructions of femininity, depictions of the abuse of the female body, and reconfigurations of communal and domestic spaces from patriarchal to matriarchal, the chapter delineates the convergences of a text set in the rural Southwest, So Far from God, with a text set in urban Northeast, Soledad.

Keywords:   El Movimiento, reclamation, So Far from God, Soledad, ritual, femininity, Chicana literature, Chicana novel

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