“Shakin' Up” Race and Gender: Intercultural Connections in Puerto Rican, African American, and Chicano Narratives and Culture (1965–1995)
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Marta Sánchez University of Texas Press, 2005 Austin, 220pp. Paperback ISBN-10 0-292-70965-X
In this new book, Marta Sánchez carves a new and important space for Chicano/a literary studies, one that pushes the boundaries of the field as it was defined earlier within national and gendered lines. By exploring the intercultural connections between peoples of distinct ethnic groups in the minority narratives of the 1970s, and by proposing both an interethnic hermeneutics and reader responses that crisscross various national myths and discourses, she is contributing new paradigms to literary studies and to ethnic studies that are at the vanguard of Latino/a Studies and of American Studies as well. In “Shakin’ Up” Race and Gender: Intercultural Connections in Puerto Rican, African American, and Chicano Narratives and Culture(1965–1995), Dr. Sánchez fully engages in comparative ethnicities, an area that is now beginning to emerge within American Studies. This is no easy task, for it...