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Understanding contemporary Chicana literature
Madsen, Deborah L.
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Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [2000]

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283 pages ; 19 cm.
The contemporary Chicana renaissance -- Bernice Zamora -- Ana Castillo -- Sandra Cisneros -- Denise Chávez -- Alma Luz Villanueva -- Lorna Dee Cervantes.
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PS153.M4 M33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Exploring the work of six notable authors, this text reveals characteristic themes, images and stylistic devices that make contemporary Chicana writing a vibrant and innovative part of a burgeoning Latina creativity.

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Library Journal Review

This critique of the work of six contemporary Mexican American writers and poetsDAna Castillo, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Denise Ch vez, Sandra Cisneros, Alma Luz Villanueva, and Bernice ZamoraDhelps define a quickly growing literary movement. In addition to offering insights into the works of these women, Madsen (English, South Bank Univ., U.K.) details the history and motives behind "the Chicana Renaissance," a literary movement emerging from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Madsen distinguishes the social and political concerns of Chicanas from those of Chicanos, other minority males, and "Anglo" feminists. She shows how the Chicana is abandoned in the split between mainstream feminism and the male-dominated minority movements that, according to Madsen, have ignored the social problems of the minority female. In response, Chicanas have invented new literary norms to reflect their experiences. Madsen presents numerous examples from each author's work to elaborate these ideas. This book should engage students and anyone interested in contemporary social and gender issues, themes of women and environment, and new literary norms. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.DNedra C. Evers, Sacramento P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Madsen (South Bank Univ., London) surveys the work of six writers: Bernice Zamora, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Denise Chavez, Alma Luz Villanueva, and Loma Dee Cervantes. After a useful (rather thematic) introduction, the chapters combine discussions of themes with some close attention to imagery and innovations (primarily disruptions of established genres) in the writers' work. The analysis is useful, and the book offers a good basic introduction to the poets. The annotations are full and often interesting in themselves. One of the best features of the book is the bibliography, which has an extensive section for each author and a general listing of criticism subdivided by categories like culture, lesbian sexuality, feminism, fiction, and poetry. This title is worth acquiring for the bibliography alone. The only comparable book is Teresa McKenna's more theoretical Migrant Song: Politics and Process in Contemporary Chicano Literature (CH, Mar'98), which deals with more authors in less detail. All collections, all levels. B. Almon University of Alberta