Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture (Chicana Matters) (Paperback)

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Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture (Chicana Matters) (Paperback)


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In recent decades, Chicana/o literary and cultural productions have dramatically shifted from a nationalist movement that emphasized unity to one that openly celebrates diverse experiences. Charting this transformation, Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture looks to the late 1970s, during a resurgence of global culture, as a crucial turning point whose reverberations in twenty-first-century late capitalism have been profound.

Arguing for a postnationalism that documents the radical politics and aesthetic processes of the past while embracing contemporary cultural and sociopolitical expressions among Chicana/o peoples, Hernández links the multiple forces at play in these interactions. Reconfiguring text-based analysis, she looks at the comparative development of movements within women's rights and LGBTQI activist circles. Incorporating economic influences, this unique trajectory leads to a new conception of border studies as well, rethinking the effects of a restructured masculinity as a symbol of national cultural transformation. Ultimately positing that globalization has enhanced the emergence of new Chicana/o identities, Hernández cultivates important new understandings of borderlands identities and postnationalism itself.

Ellie Hernández is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Product Details ISBN: 9780292723467
ISBN-10: 0292723466
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2009
Pages: 255
Language: English
Series: Chicana Matters