In today's changing and multifaceted society we are being presented with a
variety of new questions that out past may not have adequately prepared us
for; the face of America is no longer, if it ever was, homogenous. As a
result of this realization being reintroduced to our con-sciousness on a
daily basis, we have scrambled to find some sort of new art, a way to
describe ourselves that we have not previously known. In the search new
authors and methodologies of literature have come to the forefront,
offering unique perspectives on ways of being.
One type of literature that offers a particularly relevant point of view to
this problem is the genre of Latina and Chicana literature. Rising from the
singular phenomenon created by the juxta-position of two cultures, these
works speak to the difficulty of creating a self-identity out of fractured
and opposing messages presented by their surrounding culture. Neither fully
American nor Hispanic, the literature deals with the painful problem of
self-determination of identity.
In this paper Monica Cantero examines the questions being dealt with in
this literature: Who am I? What does my history mean to me? Since I am
neither one image my culture presents me nor the other, what am I? Where
does my significance lie? This struggle for a synthesized, whole identity
is one that resonates in all readers, regardless of cultural background.
The resolution decided on by the works is to turn to art, to creation. The
only way to harmonize the discord between the conflicting images offered by
a culture is to take all of the images and embrace them. As a result, only
through incorporating all facets of existence, can a being of true beauty
be created. La Mestiza, or the "mix" then becomes the answer to a fractured
culture. Literature, art, and linguistic choices combine all conflicts in
order to be both benediction and resolution.
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for mainstreen identity?
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ANA FIGUEROA La narrativa de escritoras chicanas. Una búsqueda del espejo
que refleje nuevos mitos nacionales
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