Battlegrounds and Crossroads: Social and Imaginary Space in by Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger

By Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger

Of curiosity to proficient readers conscious of mixed textual and cultural ways to Chicano/a literature and literature generally, Battlegrounds and Crossroads weaves in a number of severe and theoretical threads to inquire into the connection among intimate and public areas in Chicana literature. with no claiming the borderlands as particular of the Chicana/o mind's eye, this publication recognizes the significance of this metaphor for bringing to view a extra intercultural usa, permitting it to turn into inflected with the particularity of every textual content. The analyses of Chicana fiction, drama, and autobiography discover the development of id in the course of the illustration of social house and the transformation of literary house. For dialogue of a diacritical territory this quantity attracts on a interdisciplinary perform that allows the adventure from the main intimate areas to the main public areas of modernity, in order that the cultured textual content yields its wisdom of the contingent historic conditions of its construction in fabric and existential phrases. the plain regionalism and localism of this literature is not anything yet a mirrored image of the connection among the neighborhood and the worldwide, the non-public and the general public, the private and the political, the classy and the ideological, the subversive and the mainstream. each one textual content stands on its own whereas it additionally reaches out to the sociopolitical imaginary for interpretation via an interdisciplinary technique that's vital to do justice to a politicized aesthetics.

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Deterritorialization" also alludes to affective, social, and economic losses. 44 work, the female speaker describes the subjection of her own family to race hatred after the Anglo invasion, her own widowed mother's and grandmother's loss of lands, and their impotence before a foreign law and language they did not understand. The chapter ends with a description of the industrialization of the border that followed these expropriations and that brought about the establishment of agribusiness corporations and factories, as well as the presence of a Mexican migrant working class.

It has survived Anglo-Mexican blood feuds, lynchings, burnings, rapes, pillage” (90). The occupation of Texas and what is now the Southwest of the United States began around the 1820s and culminated with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848). By this treaty Mexico was stripped of the territories that today comprise the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and half of Colorado. S. S. is one of violent clashes, poverty, and displacement. S. S. S. in 1848, and to Native Mexicans' virtual abandonment of the region in the 1850s.

49 Mexican, the indigenous” and fights against the despotic power of value laden dualisms and binary oppositions such as man/woman, white/Mexican, heterosexual/lesbian (19). As Anzaldúa says, the mestiza has both many names and no names, and therefore crosses over from one identity to another not without pain or struggle (43). Each crossing involves “making sense,” “making connections,” “formulating insights,” “incrementing consciousness” about all the different spaces she inhabits (48). Knowledge, as Anzaldúa says, is the only way in which “divided loyalties” can be overcome and boundaries can be constantly redrawn.

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