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Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers (Paperback)
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Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/09/2001
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During the past two decades, literary issues such as multiculturalism, gender, borders and border crossing, and the development of personal, cultural, and alternative identities have become increasingly important. The same years have seen the flourishing of writers from a number of ethnic minorities, including the Mexican-American women who are the subjects of these probing and insightful interviews by Karin Rosa Ikas. The interviews, which address such topics as personal background, education, sense of ethnic and gender identity, the origins and intention of published works, and general views on writing, culture, and art, reveal a rich multiplicity of Chicana voices and views. The writers come from Texas, New Mexico, and California; their connections to Mexico are as direct as having been born there and as tenuous as having descended from a family resident in New Mexico for more than four centuries. Their backgrounds reflect a wide range of socioeconomic realities, and their views on gender, sexuality, race, and writing are equally diverse. Yet to each of these writers, her identity as a Chicana and as a woman is critically important to her evolution and purpose as a writer. Chicana Ways will be essential reading for anyone interested in multicultural and feminist literature and will serve as compelling documentation of the rich diversity and brilliance of contemporary Mexican-American writing.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874174939
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 15 mm


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""Chicana Ways"gives readers faces, literal and figurative, for women who have changed American literature with their brilliance and bravery." Barbara Riley, "Southwest Book Views," Spring 2002
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"Chicana Waysgives readers faces, literal and figurative, for women who have changed American literature with their brilliance and bravery." Barbara Riley, Southwest Book Views, Spring 2002
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"Chicana Ways gives readers faces, literal and figurative, for women who have changed American literature with their brilliance and bravery." --Barbara Riley, Southwest Book Views, Spring 2002

"According to Ikas, . . . the modern Chicana is no longer a willing subordinate of any male--much less a victim. This argument is reinforced by interviews with ten prominent Chicana writers (among them Gloria Anzaldua, Denise Chavez, Pat Mora, and Cherrie Moraga), who describe the lives of Chicanas--not Chicanos or male Hispanics. Each chapter features a different author and contains a brief biography and list of writings. In addition, Ikas's skillful questions elicit personal details about what each writer wishes to accomplish in life and convey in specific works, which range from short stories and poems to mysteries and sitcoms. Select topics include Chicana feminism--especially gender roles and sexuality, the effects of landscape and border on a culture, and the craft of writing vs. the more traditional tasks allotted to women. What results is an insightful study that can change readers' perceptions." --Nedra C. Evers, Sacramento Public Library, Booklist

"This collection of interviews testifies to the continuing importance of borders and border crossings (national, geographical, sexual, ethnic) in Chicana writing, as well as to its antithesis, if you will, domesticity, the home, and the Chicano family. . . . Chicana Ways is a timely book, and a resource critics of Chicana literature will appreciate." --Monika Kaup, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies

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