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ERIC Number: ED106032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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The Chicana Image.
Salinas, Judy
Literature has perpetuated through the centuries the cultural and traditional roles and stereotypes of woman, particularly the Hispanic woman. Two main categories or images of woman, with variations and generalizations, have been: (1) the "good woman", symbolized by a woman who can think or do no evil, is pure, understanding, kind, weak, passive, needs to be protected, but yet has an inner strength and a capacity for enduring and suffering; and (2) the "bad woman", symbolized by one who is a temptress and seductress, representing evil through love and the perversion and excess of its passions. The "bad woman" is morally judged and condemned by all and must suffer a severe punishment for her evil actions, usually death by murder or suicide. A third gray-area category is one which blends these two principal images; yet, one image consistently dominates the other. These principal images of woman have persisted in Spanish, Spanish American, and Anglo American literature from their respective beginnings to contemporary examples. These categories are examined in various selections and passages of several Chicano works. Among these are Roland Hinojosa's "Estampas del valle y otras obras"; Jorge Isaacs'"Maria"; Jose Montoya's "La jefita"; Estela Portillo's "The Swallows"; and Rodolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima." (NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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