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ERIC Number: ED143716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-20
Pages: 16
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Ethnicity, Alienation, Identity: Themes in Hispanic Minority Fiction.
Lewis, Marvin A.
This paper presents a thematic examination of three novels by Hispanic minority writers. In their assessment of the human condition, Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Cuban exile writers share many concerns. Among them are the problems of ethnicity, alienation, and identity. These preoccupations are manifested primarily through character portrayal in which efforts are made to confront a hostile society which often judges a person by the color of his skin or the language he speaks. In a fictional interpretation of reality, many factors are often shown to lead to the estrangement of individuals from self and society. From this discussion, it is possible to glimpse at what happens when Hispanic minorities confront the social order in the United States. The outcome is not encouraging. In the Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Cuban exile experiences, pressures are placed on individuals to conform to existing standards rather than to maintain their ethnic identity within the host country. From the literary point of view, the majority culture is as insensitive and as unyielding as ever. While this study is limited to specific works, analogies can be made with others expressing similar concerns. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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