Canicular Consciousness

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


This chapter, explores the relationships between home and identity, writing, and visual arts in Carmen Lomas Garza’s A Piece of My Heart/Pedacito de mi corazón and Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia Family Pictures, and Norma E. Cantú’s Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera. These works propose critical representations of resistance against transnationalism for inclusive notions of family, community, and other forms of collective identity. I analyze issues of self-representation in Garza’s paintings and Cantú’s “story told through photographs,” and their relationship to a postnational sense of “home” that resists the effects of globalism as they find a new language to bring more positive and self-empowering images of Chicana/o identity.


Artist Statement Body Hair Real Place Liminal Space Sensory Detail 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Velasco
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  1. 1.Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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