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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

New Latino and Chicano Books in July: Cuban, Chicano, Mexicano topics; El Paso Writer Updates



Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Topics 

Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World 
(Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspor)
University of Rochester Press July 1, 2010 ISBN-10: 1580463266
Solimar Otero 

Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World explores how Yoruba and Afro-Cuban communities moved across the Atlantic between the Americas and Africa in successive waves in the nineteenth century. In Havana, Yoruba slaves from Lagos banded together to buy their freedom and sail home to Nigeria. Once in Lagos, this Cuban repatriate community became known as the Aguda. This community built their own neighborhood that celebrated their Afrolatino heritage. For these Yoruba and Afro-Cuban diasporic populations, nostalgic constructions of family and community play the role of narrating and locating a longed-for home. By providing a link between the workings of nostalgia and the construction of home, this volume re-theorizes cultural imaginaries as a source for diasporic community reinvention. Through ethnographic fieldwork and research in folkloristics, Otero reveals that the Aguda identify strongly with their Afro-Cuban roots in contemporary times. Their fluid identity moves from Yoruba to Cuban, and back again, in a manner that illustrates the truly cyclical nature of transnational Atlantic community affiliation.

Cuba: Economic Challenges and the Globalization of Capitalism

(Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc July 30, 2010 ISBN-10: 0847687155)

Elisa Facio (Editor)

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(New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society)(LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC July 2, 2010 ISBN-10: 1593323883) [Library Binding], Cheris Brewer Current

Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, Current offers a fresh approach to a topic that has received a fair amount of attention. She questions traditional narratives on first and second wave Cuban immigration that construct a monolithic Cuban experience and identity. This traditional singular identity and experience is the basis of the Exile Model, which presents Cubans as overtly political, highly educated, universally white, economically successful, residents of Miami, and martyrs of Castro’s revolution. This oversimplification ignores the structural assistance that facilitated the Cuban “success story,” the racial and economic plurality of Cuban immigration, and the existence of Cuban communities outside of Miami.

Chicano and Mexican Topics

(Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture)
(Univ of Texas Press July 1, 2010 ISBN-10: 0292721242), David Montejano. 
In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, was a segregated city governed by an entrenched Anglo social and business elite. The Chicano(a) barrios of the west and south sides were characterized by substandard housing and experienced seasonal flooding. Gang warfare broke out regularly. Then the striking farmworkers of South Texas marched through the city and set off a social movement that transformed the barrios and ultimately brought down the old Anglo oligarchy. Montejano uses a wealth of previously untapped sources.

(Sussex Academic Press July 2010 ISBN-10 1845194101), Elizabeth M. Willingham, editor. 

Outstanding essayists in Latin American literature and film explore Laura Esquivel's critical reputation, contextualize her work in literary movements, and consider her four novels and the film based on Like Water for Chocolate from diverse critical perspectives. From unique critical perspectives, Jeffrey Oxford, Patrick Duffey, and Debra Andrist probe the novel as film and fiction. The Reverend Dr Stephen Butler Murray explores the author's spiritual focus, and cultural geographer María Elena Christie uses words and images to compare Mexican kitchen-space and Esquivel's first novel. Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez and Lydia H Rodríguez affirm divergent readings of The Law of Love, and Elizabeth M. Willingham reads contested national identity in Swift as Desire. Jeanne L Gillespie and Ryan F Long approach Malinche: A Novel through historical documents and popular and religious culture. In the closing essay of the volume, Alberto Julian Perez contextualizes Esquivel's fiction within Feminist and Hispanic literary movements. A glossary and translations recommend the work to English-speaking readers and those new to studies of Hispanic fiction and film. This book is the first in-depth review and assessment of twenty years of Esquivel criticism. The comparative and theoretical views presented of each of Esquivel's four novels and the film of "Like Water for Chocolate" provide suggestions for future literary research.



Abstracts Posted on Gilb and Mora

Two abstracts were posted on Dagoberto Gilb and Pat Mora. Project Must posted the following:

"I didn't like books when I was young. Or, better said, I didn't play much with books and they didn't play much in my life. I played baseball and football and shot hoops when I could find one. I was good, one of the two who always picked sides on all elementary school teams. I lived in that dirty house in the neighborhood, the one where the yard wasn't mowed or edged, bushes overgrown, the neighborhood where I would learn, especially from other kids' parents, that divorced and Mexican were words that were dirty too and that kept me from having friends in neat houses. Then a new boy from another state moved in near enough when I was around twelve. My new friend wasn't athletic. He never talked about sports. I didn't care because at least I got to go over to his house, which was the dirtiest of them all, on a street with a traffic light, a house that was always for sale or rent. They rented. His mom looked like she drank, and his dad was a taxi driver. His dad, who was very quiet, sullen I'd put it now, lost his left arm working for the railroad. His dad could have been the one-armed man from The Fugitive! I never told my new best friend how I smiled thinking it, not once, but it was always sort of there, making me feel like I was closer to a TV show world.
My new friend didn't even care about sports. He cared about what I had never heard anyone else talk about. If I wanted to go look at bicycles at a store, he'd go with me blab bing about airplanes and space craft, flights to the moon and Mars. I liked Archie Comics, because of Veronica mostly, though la güerita Betty sometimes too, but he went for the superhero stories that were, well, too brainy and complicated for me" 

Pat Mora

San Diego State Universities Children's Literature blog posted the following abstract:
SDSU faculty member Phillip Serrato has an essay in the recent issue of the journal Children's Literature:

"Promise and Peril: The Gendered Implications of Pat Mora's Pablo's Tree and Ana Castillo's My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove"
Children's Literature - Volume 38, 2010, pp. 133-152


This essay explores the gendered implications of Pat Mora's picture book, Pablo's Tree (1994), and Ana Castillo's illustrated chant, My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove (2000). By drawing attention to the critical accomplishments as well as the critical shortcomings of the two works, the essay illustrates not only the fact that the deconstruction of patriarchal gender configurations in and through children's literature is a work in progress, but that the work that is in progress is driven by a vibrancy that continues to yield intriguing innovations.

Access to this article requires a subscription. Some may make use of their university library to access the journal. Others may have an individual subscription as a benefit for belonging to a professional organization.

Also on Pat Mora, Mrs. Quinn's Blog posted a critical analysis of Mora's book This Big Sky: " When you read the poems you can imagine the sounds or sights Mora is trying to guide you to in the reading. The poems are short no more than page at the longest. The illustrator, Jenkins, does a good job at placing just enough visionary detail as to not detract from the poem but just add some detail for the poem." READ MORE.

Rechy on the Gutteral Blog

Carl Dixon mentions John Rechy in her blog: "Now, the only reasons I’m bringing up John Rechy’s novel City of Night is because I’m a good one-hundred or so pages into it, and it happens to satisfy the point I’m trying to illustrate. There’s not much further connecting it with Animal Kingdom." READ MORE.

Blog Updates:

Luis J. Rodriguez is still streaming from England. He updated his blog about 18 hour ago:If it’s Tuesday, this must be London.

C.M. Mayo posted a new one: Mexico's Second Empire.
Rafael Jesus Gonzalez posted:Fida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)

 Your juarense calo for today is: bacha suave - Ultima fumada del cigarillo de marijuana que segun dicen, es la mas sabrosa y estimula mas. The last drag of a toke, which is said to be the most delightful.
                                --- from Glosario del Calo de Cd. Juarez by Ricardo Aguilar 

The link we share with you today is: Tey Diana Rebolledo 

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