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ERIC Number: EJ1106679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1578-7044
When the Border Educates: Malín Alegria's "Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico" (2007)
Ibarraran-Bigalondo, Amaia
International Journal of English Studies, v16 n1 p19-32 2016
The border between the United States and Mexico, since it was first conceived in 1848, has marked the lives of those who live on both of its sides, as well as of those who want to cross it. It has also become the source of a vast array of theoretical and artistic work. Chicano writers have written about it, and so have theorists dealt with its meaning and conceptual implications. The aim of this essay is to observe the way Malín Alegria's "Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico" (2007), a novel for young adults, serves as a way for young adults to "evolve a moral conscience" (Scharf, 1980: 101), through a process of "critical witnessing" (López, 2009: 205) of what it means to be on one or the other side of "la frontera."
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Language: English
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