Introduction: Beyond the Hunger of Memories

  • Juan Velasco
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


In this chapter, I emphasize how Chicana/o artists and writers have been influential in rejecting essentialist notions of identity in their autobiographical work, and emphasize instead the changing phenomena of self-representation within the expanding cultural space of Las Americas. These locations of identity challenge the exceptionality model of American studies and contribute to new anthropological understandings of how people and culture are displaced or reinvent themselves.


Collective Identity Cultural Space Painful Memory Cultural Resistance Autobiographical Narrative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Velasco
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  1. 1.Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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