Homecoming Trails in Mexican American Cultural History: Biography, Nationhood, and Globalism
This volume brings together a number of critical essays on three selected topics: biography, nationhood, and globalism. Written exclusively for this book by specialists from Mexico, Germany, and the United States, the essays propose a reexamination of Mexican American cultural history from a twenty-first century standpoint, written in English and approached from different analytical models and critical methods, but free of theoretical jargon. The essays range from biographies and memoirs by leading Chicano historians and studies of globalism during the rule of Imperial Spain (1492-1898), to the modern rise and global influence of the United States, particularly in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. Also included are critical studies of novels by Chicano, Latin American, and Caribbean writers who narrate and represent the dominant role played by the United States both within the nation itself and in the Caribbean, thus illustrating the historical parallels and relations that bind Latinos and Americans of Mexican descent. This book will be of importance to literary historians, literary critics, teachers, students, and readers interested in stimulating and unconventional studies of Mexican American cultural history from a global perspective.
Roberto Cantú is Professor Emeritus of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, and jointly Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Los Angeles. He taught courses for more than 40 years on the European novel (seventeenth to nineteenth centuries) and Latin American, Mexican, Chicano, and Mesoamerican literatures. He is the editor of Mexican Mural Art: Critical Essays on a Belligerent Aesthetic (2020); A Scholiast’s Quill: New Critical Essays on Alfonso Reyes (2019); The Forked Juniper: Critical Perspectives on Rudolfo Anaya (2016); The Reptant Eagle: Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel (2015); The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination (2014); and An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Modernity, Critique, and Humanism (2013), among others. In 1990, he received the Outstanding Professor Award from Cal State LA and the President’s Distinguished Professor Award from the same university in 2010.
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