Chicano Narrative: The Dialectics of Difference

Chicano Narrative is an examination of representative aspects of Mexican American narrative forms – including the novel, short story, narrative verse, and autobiography – that have largely been excluded from the canon of American literature.

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In struggling for the retention of cultural integrity and unity, the Mexican American communities of the American Southwest in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries produced a significant body of literary texts. Chicano Narrative is an examination of representative aspects of Mexican American narrative forms – including the novel, short story, narrative verse, and autobiography – that have largely been excluded from the canon of American literature.

No longer a regional literature, Chicano narrative is more than a simple mirror of the life and folklore of a heretofore invisible segment of American society. It is a part of American literature and merits expanded and continued exploration.

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