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ERIC Number: ED178244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
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Another Heaven, Another Earth: American Literature and the Chicano Experience.
de Ortego y Gasca, Felipe
Traditional definitions of American literature generally include only that literature which grew out of the English enterprise in America; few concessions have been made to other ethnic elements in the literary history of this country. But as British literary roots flourished in new American soil, so did their Hispanic counterparts to yield a vigorous and dynamic literature that should be studied as part of our American heritage. The Chicano contribution has been substantial, and its history stretches back before the time the Pilgrims came to America. Religious plays like "Los Pastores" were performed in this land as early as 1598. The strong Chicano oral tradition includes folk tales with Hispanic and Indian origins going back hundreds of years. In the early part of this century, romantic and pastoral perspectives dominated Chicano fiction, poetry and drama, but in the mid 1960's modern Chicano literature began to emerge in a literary renaissance that reflected the changing mood of the Chicano people. In the new literature Hispanic writers asserted their artistic sovereignty in pursuit of truths promoting the Chicano movement, praising "La Raza" and identifying cultural and linguistic oppression. This essay traces the history of the Chicano people, relates it to their literary heritage, and discusses modern Chicano poetry, drama and fiction. (DS)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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