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Title:
Chicana ways : conversations with ten Chicana writers
Author:
Ikas, Karin.
Publication Information:
Reno : University of Nevada Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xx, 225 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Gloria Anzaldua -- Lorna Dee Cervantes -- Denise Chavez -- Lucha Corpi -- Jamie Lujan -- Demetria Martinez -- Pat Mora -- Cherrie Moraga -- Mary Helen Ponce -- Estela Portillo-Trambley.
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ISBN:
9780874174922

9780874174939
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Book

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Summary

During the past two decades, literary issues such as multiculturalism, gender, borders and border crossing, and the development of personal, cultural, and alternative identities have become increasingly important. The same years have seen the flourishing of writers from a number of ethnic minorities, including the Mexican-American women who are the subjects of these probing and insightful interviews by Karin Rosa Ikas. The interviews, which address such topics as personal background, education, sense of ethnic and gender identity, the origins and intention of published works, and general views on writing, culture, and art, reveal a rich multiplicity of Chicana voices and views. The writers come from Texas, New Mexico, and California; their connections to Mexico are as direct as having been born there and as tenuous as having descended from a family resident in New Mexico for more than four centuries. Their backgrounds reflect a wide range of socioeconomic realities, and their views on gender, sexuality, race, and writing are equally diverse. Yet to each of these writers, her identity as a Chicana and as a woman is critically important to her evolution and purpose as a writer. Chica


Summary

During the past two decades, literary issues such as multiculturalism, gender, borders and border crossing, and the development of personal, cultural, and alternative identities have become increasingly important. The same years have seen the flourishing of writers from a number of ethnic minorities, including the Mexican-American women who are the subjects of these probing and insightful interviews by Karin Rosa Ikas. The interviews, which address such topics as personal background, education, sense of ethnic and gender identity, the origins and intention of published works, and general views on writing, culture, and art, reveal a rich multiplicity of Chicana voices and views. The writers come from Texas, New Mexico, and California; their connections to Mexico are as direct as having been born there and as tenuous as having descended from a family resident in New Mexico for more than four centuries. Their backgrounds reflect a wide range of socioeconomic realities, and their views on gender, sexuality, race, and writing are equally diverse. Yet to each of these writers, her identity as a Chicana and as a woman is critically important to her evolution and purpose as a writer. Chicana Ways will be essential reading for anyone interested in multicultural and feminist literature and will serve as compelling documentation of the rich diversity and brilliance of contemporary Mexican-American writing.


Author Notes

Karin Ikas received her Ph.D. at the University of W#65533;rzburg, Germany, in 1999 with a dissertation on "Modern Chicana Literature: An Intercultural Analysis" [German title: Die zeitgen#65533;ssische Chicana-Literatur: Eine interkulturelle Untersuchung]. She is now a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of W#65533;rzburg in the Department of Cultures, Languages and Literatures of English Speaking Countries. Her publications include articles on Chicana Literature and an edited collection of Chicano short stories for high-school students. Her publications include articles on Chicana Literature and an edited collection of Chicano short stories for high-school students. She is author of Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers and co-editor of Latino Literatures and Cultures: An International Perspective (together with Professor F. Lomel#65533;, UC Santa Barbara) and the recently co-edited Short Stories from Australia and New Zealan d, an annotated anthology with Professor David Carter (University of Queensland in Brisbane) Her new research projects involve also studies on English language drama in the 19th and 20th century, the experience of War in English Language Literatures and English language playwrights of the 1860s to the 1930s. She has won several fellowships and is recipient of the Daimler Chrysler Foundation's "Academy Award for Intercultural Studies 2001." In December 2002 she was awarded the President and Jubilee Foundation Award of the University of W#65533;rzburg for Excellence Research in English Language Literary and Cultural Studies.


Reviews 4

Library Journal Review

According to Ikas, lecturer and graduate researcher for Chicano studies at the University of New Mexico and the Berkeley and Santa Barbara campuses of the University of California, the modern Chicana is no longer a willing subordinate of any male much less a victim. This argument is reinforced by interviews with ten prominent Chicana writers (among them Gloria Anzaldia, Denise Chavez, Pat Mora, and Cherrie Moraga), who describe the lives of Chicanas not Chicanos or male Hispanics. Each chapter features a different author and contains a brief biography and list of writings. In addition, Ikas's skillful questions elicit personal details about what each writer wishes to accomplish in life and convey in specific works, which range from short stories and poems to mysteries and sit-coms. Select topics include Chicana feminism especially gender roles and sexuality, the effects of landscape and border on a culture, and the craft of writing vs. the more traditional tasks allotted to women. What results is an insightful study that can change readers' perceptions. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Nedra C. Evers, Sacramento P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

While interest in Mexican American literature has grown in recent years, this is the first collection of interviews with exclusively Chicana writers. After providing a brief general introduction, Ikas (Univ. of Wurburg, Germany) employs skillful questioning to elicit a wealth of information from her subjects--Gloria Anzaldua, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Denise Chavez, Lucha Corpi, Jamie Lujan, Demetria Martinez, Pat Mora, Cherrie Moraga, Mary Helen Ponce, and Estela Portillo-Trambley. Although the women are from different states and represent several genres, numerous common themes emerge: family, education, teaching, bilingualism, cultural heritage and diversity, spirituality, female archetypes, literary inspiration, ecology, travel, creativity and change. Ikas supplies a photograph, background information, and bibliography for each interviewee. Recent related works include the Latina Feminist Group's Telling to Live (CH, Feb'02), Sonia Saldivar-Hull's Feminism on the Border (CH, Oct'00), and Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano's The Wounded Heart (CH, Mar'02). An excellent introduction for undergraduates and general readers and a rich resource for researchers, this book is highly recommended for all libraries. M. V. Ekstrom St. John Fisher College


Library Journal Review

According to Ikas, lecturer and graduate researcher for Chicano studies at the University of New Mexico and the Berkeley and Santa Barbara campuses of the University of California, the modern Chicana is no longer a willing subordinate of any male - much less a victim. This argument is reinforced by interviews with ten prominent Chicana writers (among them Gloria Anzaldua, Denise Chavez, Pat Mora, and Cherrie Moraga), who describe the lives of Chicanas - not Chicanos or male Hispanics. Each chapter features a different author and contains a brief biography and list of writings. In addition, Ikas's skillful questions elicit personal details about what each writer wishes to accomplish in life and convey in specific works, which range from short stories and poems to mysteries and sit-coms. Select topics include Chicana feminism - especially gender roles and sexuality, the effects of landscape and border on a culture, and the craft of writing vs. the more traditional tasks allotted to women. What results is an insightful study that can change readers' perceptions. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. -Nedra C. Evers, Sacramento P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

While interest in Mexican American literature has grown in recent years, this is the first collection of interviews with exclusively Chicana writers. After providing a brief general introduction, Ikas (Univ. of Wurburg, Germany) employs skillful questioning to elicit a wealth of information from her subjects--Gloria Anzaldua, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Denise Chavez, Lucha Corpi, Jamie Lujan, Demetria Martinez, Pat Mora, Cherrie Moraga, Mary Helen Ponce, and Estela Portillo-Trambley. Although the women are from different states and represent several genres, numerous common themes emerge: family, education, teaching, bilingualism, cultural heritage and diversity, spirituality, female archetypes, literary inspiration, ecology, travel, creativity and change. Ikas supplies a photograph, background information, and bibliography for each interviewee. Recent related works include the Latina Feminist Group's Telling to Live (CH, Feb'02), Sonia Saldivar-Hull's Feminism on the Border (CH, Oct'00), and Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano's The Wounded Heart (CH, Mar'02). An excellent introduction for undergraduates and general readers and a rich resource for researchers, this book is highly recommended for all libraries. M. V. Ekstrom St. John Fisher College


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Gloria Anzaldua Writer, Editor, Critic, and Third-World Lesbian Women-of-Color Feminist (Santa Cruz, California)p. 1
Lorna Dee Cervantes Poet, Educator, Political and Feminist Writer (Berkeley, California)p. 27
Denise Chavez Novelist, Playwright, and Actress (Las Cruces, New Mexico)p. 47
Lucha Corpi Poet, Novelist, and Educator (Oakland, California)p. 67
Jamie Lujan Cofounder of the Latina Theatre Lab and Actress (Oakland, California)p. 91
Demetria Martinez Author and Journalist (Tucson, Arizona)p. 113
Pat Mora Poet, Writer, and Educator (Santa Fe, New Mexico)p. 127
Cherrie Moraga Poet, Playwright, Essayist, and Educator (San Francisco, California)p. 153
Mary Helen Ponce Author and University Instructor (Hollywood, California)p. 175
Estela Portillo-Trambley Playwright, Fiction Writer, Poet, and Actress (El Paso, Texas)p. 205
About the Editorp. 215
Indexp. 217
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Gloria Anzaldua Writer, Editor, Critic, and Third-World Lesbian Women-of-Color Feminist (Santa Cruz, California)p. 1
Lorna Dee Cervantes Poet, Educator, Political and Feminist Writer (Berkeley, California)p. 27
Denise Chavez Novelist, Playwright, and Actress (Las Cruces, New Mexico)p. 47
Lucha Corpi Poet, Novelist, and Educator (Oakland, California)p. 67
Jamie Lujan Cofounder of the Latina Theatre Lab and Actress (Oakland, California)p. 91
Demetria Martinez Author and Journalist (Tucson, Arizona)p. 113
Pat Mora Poet, Writer, and Educator (Santa Fe, New Mexico)p. 127
Cherrie Moraga Poet, Playwright, Essayist, and Educator (San Francisco, California)p. 153
Mary Helen Ponce Author and University Instructor (Hollywood, California)p. 175
Estela Portillo-Trambley Playwright, Fiction Writer, Poet, and Actress (El Paso, Texas)p. 205
About the Editorp. 215
Indexp. 217

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