Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal by Cristina Herrera

By Cristina Herrera

regardless of the growing to be literary scholarship on Chicana writers, few, if any, stories have exhaustively explored subject matters of motherhood, maternity, and mother-daughter relationships of their novels. while discussions of motherhood and mother-daughter relationships do ensue in literary scholarship, they generally tend to often be a backdrop to a bigger dialog on issues akin to identification, house, and sexuality, for instance. Mother-daughter relationships were overlooked in a lot literary feedback, yet this booklet unearths that maternal relationships are an important to the learn of Chicana literature; extra accurately, reading maternal relationships presents perception to Chicana writers' rejection of intersecting strength constructions that in a different way silence Chicanas and ladies of colour. This booklet advances the sphere of Chicana literary scholarship via a dialogue of Chicana writers' efforts to re-write the script of maternity open air of present discourses that situate Chicana moms as silent and passive and the following mother-daughter courting as a resource of anxiety and angst. Chicana writers are actively engaged within the technique of re-writing motherhood that resists just like the static, disempowered Chicana mom; nevertheless, those related writers have interaction in wide representations of Chicana mother-daughter relationships that aren't purely a resource of clash but additionally a way during which either moms and daughters may well in attaining subjectivity. whereas a number of the texts studied do current usually conflicted relationships among moms and their daughters, the novels don't conveniently settle for this script because the rule; really, the writers integrated during this learn are hugely invested in re-writing Chicana motherhood as a resource of empowerment at the same time their works current strained maternal relationships. Chicana writers have challenged the pervasiveness of the troublesome virgin/whore binary which has been the motif on which Chicana womanhood/motherhood has been outlined, and so they withstand the development of maternity on such slim phrases. a number of the novels integrated during this examine actively foreground a awake resistance to the restricting binaries of motherhood symbolized within the virgin/whore cut up. The writers seriously demand a rethinking of motherhood past this scope as a method to discover the empowering chances of maternal relationships. This publication is a crucial contribution to the fields of Chicana/Latina and American literary scholarship.

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