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Her reading of literary texts is rich in texture and detail. Alvina E. Quintana examines how Chicana writers engage literary convention through fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography as a means of addressing these motives.

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Her analysis of the writings of Gloria Anzaldua, Ana Castillo, Denise Chavez, Sandra Cisneros, and Cherrie Moraga addresses a multitude of issues: the social and political forces that influenced the Chicana aesthetic; Chicana efforts to open a dialogue about the limitation of both Anglo-American feminism and Chicano nationalism; experimentations with content and form; the relationship between imaginative writing and self-reflexive ethnography; and performance, domesticity, and sexuality.

Employing anthropological, feminist, historical, and literary sources, Quintana explores the continuity found among Chicanas writing across varied genres--a drive to write themselves into being. They have done so with works whose notable artistic merit parallels their compelling value as sociopolitical testimony.


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Daughters of Self-Creation, Chicana Creativity and Criticism and Home Girls are texts that examine the development of Chicana creative and theoretical writing since the middle of 's. Central to the Chicana literary history traced in these books is the consideration of its diverse contexts, and of the complex socio-cultural, class, race, and gender dynamics constituting Chicana subjectivities and shaping the authentification of the theoretical analyses that describe them.

Concerned both with individual texts and the production and reception of Latino art in general, all three volumes question the position of the Chicana critic inside the Eurocentric academy.

Homegirls: Chicana Literary Voices by Alvina E. Quintana

Wary of epistemological assumptions that have ignored or misread Home Girls: Chicana Literary Voices. Author: Judith Richards. Date: Mar.

From: College Literature Vol. Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press. Document Type: Book review.

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Length: 3, words. Quintana, Alvina E.