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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 New Memory

Narratives of New Memory

Ending the Neocolonial Story

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Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

Ylce Irizarry

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how authors Demetria Martínez and Elías Miguel Muñoz have crafted exemplars of the narrative of new memory. Martínez's novel Mother Tongue (1993) illustrates new memory constructed transnationally, as self-conception by Chicanas/os and Latinas/os changes through contact with refugees of Central American civil wars—exiles with different experiences of internal political oppression and external US neocolonialism. Meanwhile, Muñoz's novel The Greatest Performance (1991) creates a new memory of Cuban exile, defined neither by exilic nostalgia for Cuba nor by assimilationist desire to arrive in America. Ultimately, the novels' ruminations on their reproductions of song lyrics, journals, video recordings, photographs, newspaper clippings, action bulletins, and poetry become sites for the narrative of new memory.

Keywords:   Mother Tongue, new memory, US neocolonialism, The Greatest Performance, Demetria Martínez, Elías Miguel Muñoz

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