Chicana creativity and criticism: new frontiers in American by Maria Herrera-Sobek, Helena Maria Viramontes

By Maria Herrera-Sobek, Helena Maria Viramontes

This provocative mixture of unique poetry, prose, feedback, and visible paintings files the ongoing progress of literature through and approximately Chicanas. via leading edge use of language and photographs, the artists represented the following discover woman sexuality, financial and social injustice, gender roles, and the contributions of serious theory.Chicana Creativity and feedback, first released in 1988, comprises poetry by way of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucha Corpi, Evangelina Vigil-Pin?n, Denise Ch?vez, and Naomi Quin?nez; prose by way of Alma E. Cervantes, Helena Mar?a Viramontes, Roberta Fern?ndez, and Sheila Ortiz Taylor; feedback by means of Tey Diana Rebolledo, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, Norma Alarc?n, and Mar?a Herrera-Sobek; and artwork via Carmen Lomas Garza, Yreina Cerv?ntez, and Laura Aguilar.

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Lucha Corpi, a Mexicana/Chicana from Jaltipán, Veracruz, received a solid education in Mexico and thus is perfectly at home in the Spanish language. Corpi, of course, is bilingual and does write some of her creative work in English. One of Corpi's major contributions to Chicana poetry is to Page 11 insist (by her actions) that Spanish is part of our literary cultural heritage and we should never forget it. This is indeed a strong political stance, since in our English-dominant country it is difficult, if not impossible, to publish in other languages.

The "exiles in their own homeland" are not Chicanos in the United States or Native Americans as had been intimated in the other poems but are Estonians. Unemployment sears the soulno-work-no-food is the mantra by which they live and die. Non-stop hunger is their lifestyle. Toward the closure of the poem, the poetic voice returns to ecological issues. Nuclear power, nuclear weapons, nuclear testing bring forth issues of radiation and the by-products that harm the ecological systems of the world.

3 Both the creative works as well as the critical essays are characterized by their innovations in form and content. " Equally innovative is Fernández' combination of the literary history of a genre in the fictive world displayed. The south Texas author incorporates a historical overview of Mexican American theater within her narrative. Denise Chávez expands the frontiers of Chicano literature by introducing a new genre: the Novena Narrativas y Ofrendas Nuevomexicanas. This work is a combination of theater, sculpture, folk belief and folk art.

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