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ERIC Number: EJ925890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
"Woman Hollering Creek" a Traves de la Musica: Articulating Mexicanidad to Pochismo
French, Lydia A.
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v36 n1 p99-127 Spr 2011
This essay intervenes in contemporary scholarship on Sandra Cisneros's "Woman Hollering Creek" (1991) by examining the canciones she uses as epigraphs and their relationship to the multiple nationalisms that Chicana/os actively negotiate. I argue that Cisneros's decision to include powerfully nationalist Mexican cancion traditions directs the reader-listener to the role that mexicanidad plays in the collection's stories and in Chicana/o nationalism and identity more generally. This examination of the songs reveals Cisneros's critique of a wholesale adoption of discourses of Mexico that depict mexicanidad as either romanticized or despised, representations she regards as potentially flattening. The stories draw out the complex dimensions of class, race, gender, and generational difference that color each of the songs in its lyrical effect, musical genesis, and performance. Cisneros's deft and sophisticated treatment of the relationship between song and story resonates in Chicana/o nationalism and identity as pocha/o voice, an articulation of experience that disrupts discourses of a reified Mexico and mexicanidad while joining them to historical circumstances particular to the experiences of Chicana/os and Mexicana/os living in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico