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By Juan Velasco

The first booklet size examine of this style, Collective id and Cultural Resistance in modern Chicana/o Autobiography allows new understandings of ways humans and cultures are displaced and reinvent themselves. throughout the exam of visible arts and literature, Juan Velasco analyzes the distance for self-expression that gave strategy to a brand new paradigm in modern Chicana/o autobiography. by means of bringing jointly self-representation with complicated theoretical paintings round tradition, ethnicity, race, gender, intercourse, and nationality, this paintings is on the crossroads of intersectional research and engages with scholarship at the production of cross-border groups, the liberatory dimensions of cultural survival, and the reclaiming of latest paintings formed opposed to the mechanisms of violence that Mexican-Americans have endured.

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As it combines what has been silenced with the unraveling vision of the total Self, automitografías create a transforming subject position where we can account for that which cannot be named—the tensions and contradictions of the “I,” the inexpressibility of postcolonial trauma, and the intangible and more subtle forms of institutionalized violence against the community. These technologies of self-representation transcend the soft aesthetics of confession established by traditional autobiographies as they expand the boundaries between the “I” and into the community, between official truth and the experiential knowledge of the personal.

My motivation and goal for this book is to show the unique technologies of Chicana/o automitografía to convey the significance of rescuing an important piece of cultural and literary heritage, and the need to bring into the mainstream the daily experiences that make up Mexican-American history. The multiple associations created around self-representation, postnationalism, transnation, and trans-Americanity, and its interconnections with communal expression and identity, allow for new cultural expressions where Chicana/o automitografía becomes a source for empowerment in the new century.

Since it is the middle class of the nineteenth century that first acquires and utilizes this relationship of close solidarity, and it is invested in the reworking of those “imagined links,” this is a fundamental aspect of nineteenth-century Mexican-American autobiographical production. In fact, the writer’s aspiration to recreate an “imagined” Mexican-American community in the USA responds to that defining moment by linking personal narratives to the circle of demands and new norms that identify the post-1848 culture.

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