ERIC Number: ED103900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Mexican-American Women: Diversity in Depth.
Weaver, Marleen E.
Various literary views of the Mexican American woman have been presented over the past 150 years. Anglo treatment of Mexican American women in literature has varied from blatant prejudice or vague mystical eroticism in early portrayals to more realistic views of the Chicano in modern writing. The current identity crisis of Mexican Americans is reflected in the way Chicano writers portray Mexican American women. A good example of this may be seen in the three different generations of women in the novel "Chicano." Alicia, of the oldest generation, plays the traditional role of subservient wife and mother; Angelina, Alicia's daughter, defies tradition enough to leave home for a job, but later becomes subject to her Mexican American husband; and Mariana, representing the third generation, completely breaks with tradition by engaging in premarital sex with an Anglo. Perhaps the identity crisis of Chicano writers is an attempt to find identity apart from Anglos without destroying the minority culture. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (26th, St. Louis, March 13-15, 1975)