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Domestic Negotiations: Gender, Nation, and Self-Fashioning in U.S. Mexicana and Chicana Literature and Art (Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States)by Marci R. Mcmahon
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This interdisciplinary study explores how US Mexicana and Chicana authors and artists across different historical periods and regions use domestic space to actively claim their own histories. Through andldquo;negotiationandrdquo;andmdash;a concept that accounts for artistic practices outside the duality of resistance/accommodationandmdash;and andldquo;self-fashioning,andrdquo; Marci R. McMahon demonstrates how the very sites of domesticity are used to engage the many political and recurring debates about race, gender, and immigration affecting Mexicanas and Chicanas from the early twentieth century to today.
Domestic Negotiations covers a range of archival sources and cultural productions, including the self-fashioning of the andldquo;chili queensandrdquo; of San Antonio, Texas, Jovita Gonzandaacute;lezandrsquo;s romance novel Caballero, the home economics career and cookbooks of Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Sandra Cisnerosandrsquo;s andldquo;purple house controversyandrdquo; and her acclaimed text The House on Mango Street, Patssi Valdezandrsquo;s self-fashioning and performance of domestic space in Asco and as a solo artist, Diane Rodrandiacute;guezandrsquo;s performance of domesticity in Hollywood television and direction of domestic roles in theater, and Alma Landoacute;pezandrsquo;s digital prints of domestic labor in Los Angeles. With intimate close readings, McMahon shows how Mexicanas and Chicanas shape domestic space to construct identities outside of gendered, racialized, and xenophobic rhetoric.
Domestic Negotiations explores how U.S. Mexicana and Chicana authors and artists across different historical periods and regions use domestic space to actively claim their own histories. Drawing from a range of archival sources and cultural productions, the book demonstrates how the very sites of domesticity are used to engage with the many political and recurring debates about race, gender, and immigration affecting the lives of Mexicanas and Chicanas from the early twentieth century to today.
In this innovative new study, Laura Halperin examines literary representations of harm inflicted on Latinas’ minds and bodies, and on the places Latinas inhabit, but she also explores how hope can be found amid so much harm. Analyzing contemporary memoirs and novels by Irene Vilar, Loida Maritza Pérez, Ana Castillo, Cristina García, and Julia Alvarez, she argues that the individual harm experienced by Latinas needs to be understood in relation to the collective histories of aggression against their communities.
About the Author
LAURA HALPERIN is an assistant professor of English and comparative literature and Latina/o studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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