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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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Belonging in Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

Belonging in Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

(p.195) Conclusion Belonging in Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction
Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

Ylce Irizarry

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter explores how the narrative of new memory is a locus for empowerment. The more frequent development in the narrative of new memory in Cuban American literatures and literatures about or portraying Central American characters has everything to do with the specificity of difference among immigrants, exiles, and refugees. Indeed, the portrayal of exiles and refugees can offer authors the space to write new memories of their relationships to their own nations of origin, to nations they have emigrated to, or to nations with which they may wish to develop solidarity. Because of the generational and cultural variations between their literatures, the critical models currently existing for understanding US multiethnic literatures need revision.

Keywords:   new memory, Cuban American literature, immigrants, multiethnic literature, empowerment

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