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Automitografía

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

Abstract

In this chapter, I identify the unique autobiographical mode that defines the construction of a Self through the concept of automitografía. This construction is explained through Valdez’s notion of mito and Anzaldúa’s notion of the total Self, and both point to identity as a site of struggle filled with the ambivalence of both an individual self-expression and a voice for the community. This chapter provides a critical framework for these tensions and shows how this mode of writing introduces new strategies of expression that recognize multiple interactions between self-representation and fiction, and allows for an open-ended notion of Self that accounts for new locations of identity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Velasco
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  1. 1.Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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