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Ritual Structures in Chicana Fiction

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Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)

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Introduction

This book argues for the necessary and further examination of the sacred as it is ritualized within Chicana fiction. It suggests that religious, spiritual, linguistic and political symbolisms reveal rites that structure narrative performances of coping with and healing from trauma. Helane Androne examines these rites of spirit, service, and story as they occur in Ana Castillo’s So Far From God, Denise Chávez’s Face of An Angel, and Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo. Beginning with the implications of Gloria Anzaldúa’s spiritual vision of Chicana identity alongside structural principles of ritual criticism, this study extends the discourse about the impact of the sacred in Chicana fiction. 

Helane Androne is Professor of English and directs the Ohio Writing Project at Miami University, USA. She is the author of Multiethnic American Literatures: Essays for Teaching Context and Culture and has published in journals such as PedagogyMELUS, and Phoebe.

Keywords

Chicana fiction Chicano/a studies Hispanic American fiction Feminist fiction Ritual studies Latina Fiction culture fiction gender language Latin America latin american culture literature North America social science sociology World Literature

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  1. 1.Miami UniversityCincinnatiUSA

About the authors

Helane Androne is Professor of English and directs the Ohio Writing Project at Miami University, USA. She is the author of Multiethnic American Literatures: Essays for Teaching Context and Culture and has published in journals such as PedagogyMELUS, and Phoebe.

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Reviews

“Approaching Chicana fiction from the field of ritual criticism, Helane Androne navigates familiar ground with groundbreaking, innovative methodological instruments to shows us new angles. This alone makes for an exciting reading of the de-colonial, egalitarian impetus behind Chicana literature. Each chapter provides a different optic for recognizing the dimensions of ritualization and performance and reveals a process of becoming that is larger than bildungsroman. Thoughtful and provocative, this book brings what is easily obscured in literary studies into full presence.” (Clara Román-Odio, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature, Kenyon College, USA, and author of “Sacred Iconographies in Chicana Cultural Productions”)