Life in Search of Readers: Reading (In) Chicano/A Literature (Hardcover)

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Since colonial times, Chicano/a literature has varied with the authors' assumptions about the class and gender of their audiences, the linguistic choices available for literary communication, the geographic mobility of writers and readers, and the tastes they may have acquired in Mexico or other countries. In this examination of Chicano/a literature, Manuel M. Mart n-Rodr guez analyzes the ways it connects with and is shaped by the interaction with its audiences.

Motivated by a Tom's Rivera essay from 1971, "Into the Labyrinth: The Chicano in Literature," Mart n-Rodr guez began collecting, researching, and examining Chicano/a literature. He soon determined that a work of literature without a reader has no real existence and, specifically, Chicano/a literature has been defined as much by its readers as by its authors.

Mart n-Rodr guez begins this writing with an examination of the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, when the creation of Chicano-owned or controlled publishing enterprises made possible a surge of Chicano/a literature at the national level. He then concentrates on Chicana literature and "engendering" the reader and on linguistic and marketing strategies for a multicultural readership. Finally, Mart n-Rodr guez provides a very thorough list of Chicano/a literature which he studied and he recommends for the reader to consider.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780826333605
ISBN-10: 0826333605
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication Date: October 30th, 2003
Pages: 240
Language: English