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ERIC Number: EJ760955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
The Legend of Lola Casanova: On the Borders of Border Studies
Irwin, Robert McKee
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v30 n2 p35-64 Fall 2005
This article contrasts two stories of nineteenth-century interracial romance, the Mexican borderlands legend of Lola Casanova and the U.S. borderlands novel "Ramona." It argues that the Casanova legend suggests Mexican attitudes toward interracial marriage that differ significantly from those understood in recent readings of "Ramona" by U.S.-based scholars. This disparity draws attention to a blind spot in U.S.-based border studies: its tendency toward an exclusive focus on the U.S. Southwest that utterly disregards a Mexican borderlands perspective. I argue that border studies scholars need to engage more readily in cross-border dialogue. (Contains 37 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico