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Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican American Literature: Book by John Moran Gonzalez

Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican American Literature

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ISBN: 9780292725799    Publisher: University of Texas Press Year of publishing: 2011     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 275        
The Texas Centennial of 1936, commemorated by statewide celebrations of independence from Mexico, proved to be a powerful catalyst for the formation of a distinctly Mexican American identity. Confronted...Read more
The Texas Centennial of 1936, commemorated by statewide celebrations of independence from Mexico, proved to be a powerful catalyst for the formation of a distinctly Mexican American identity. Confronted by a media frenzy that vilified "Meskins" as the antithesis of Texan liberty, Mexican Americans created literary responses that critiqued these racialized representations while forging a new bilingual, bicultural community within the United States. The development of a modern Tejana identity, controversies surrounding bicultural nationalism, and other conflictual aspects of the transformation from mexicano to Mexican American are explored in this study. Capturing this fascinating aesthetic and political rebirth, Border Renaissance presents innovative readings of important novels by Maria Elena Zamora O'Shea, Americo Paredes, and Jovita Gonzalez. In addition, the previously overlooked literary texts by members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are given their first detailed consideration in this compelling work of intellectual and literary history.
Drawing on extensive archival research in the English and Spanish languages, John Moran Gonzalez revisits the 1930s as a crucial decade for the vibrant Mexican American reclamation of Texas history. Border Renaissance pays tribute to this vital turning point in the Mexican American struggle for civil rights.
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A richly textured and well crafted work that will stand as one of the best in the field of Mexican American literature." John-Michael Rivera, University of Colorado at Boulder
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