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- DescriptionEnds of Assimilation compares sociological and Chica/a (Mexican American) literary representations of assimilation. It argues that while Chica/a literary works engage assimilation in complex, often contradictory ways, they manifest an underlying conviction in literature's productive power. At the same time, Chica/a literature demonstrates assimilation sociology's inattention to its status as a representational discourse. As twentieth-century sociologists employ the term, assimilation reinscribes as fact the fiction of a unitary national culture, igres the interlinking of race and gender in cultural formation, and valorizes upward ecomic mobility as a politically neutral index of success. The study unfolds chrologically, describing how the historical formation of Chica/a literature confronts the specter of assimilation discourse. It tracks how the figurative, rhetorical, and lyrical power of Chica/a literary works compels us to compare literary discourse with the self-authorizing empiricism of assimilation sociology. It also challenges presumptions of authenticity on the part of Chica/a cultural nationalist works, arguing that Chica/a literature must reckon with cultural dynamism and develop models of relational authenticity to counter essentialist discourses. The book advances these arguments through sustained close readings of canical and ncanical figures and gives an account of various moments in the history and institutional development of Chica/a literature, such as the rise and fall of Quinto Sol Publications, asserting that Chica/a writers, editors, and publishers have self-consciously sought to acquire and redistribute literary cultural capital.
- Author BiographyJohn Alba Cutler is Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University.
- Author(s)John Alba Cutler
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication16/04/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note9 halftones
- Weight376 g
- Width160 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine19 mm
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