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Tradition and (R)evolution: Reframing Latina/o Identities in Contemporary US Culture


Carmen M. Méndez-García is professor of US literature at Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Her current research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century US literature, postmodernism and contemporary fiction, the counterculture in the US, minority studies (especially Chicana studies), and spatial studies. She was a Fulbright scholar in 2010 (SUSI program, University of Louisville, Kentucky). She is the co-coordinator of the Maste in American Studies offered jointly by the Universidad Complutense and the Universidad de Alcalá). She is a member of the research project Troubling Houses: Dwellings, Materiality, and the Self in American Literature (Plan Nacional I+D+i, ref. FFI2017-82692-P, 2018-2020). She led the research for the group “Space, Gender and Identity in US Literature and Visual Arts: A Transatlantic Approach” (Instituto Franklin-UAH), and she is a participant in a research group dealing with Women’s Studies in English and American literature at Universidad Complutense.


Tradition and (R)evolution: Reframing Latina/o Identities in Contemporary US Culture recognizes and celebrates the fluidity and multiplicity of Latina/o identity as positive, challenging, often terrifying, but necessarily invigorating. Constructing our personal identity, taking note of what has constructed us, is what allows us to acknowledge and be attracted to similarities, or to be intrigued by dissimilarities, in other personal identities. It is what enables us to group together in communal identities. The fictions, children’s books, memoirs, poetry, and films analyzed in this book are testimonies to the importance of looking at the past, of remembering, of recognizing our heritage, but also of looking to the future, re-imagining ourselves, and reframing our communities and their identities.

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