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ERIC Number: EJ760958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
"Making the Margins Chaos": Romantic and Antiromantic Readings of La Maravilla
Carlston, Erin G.
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v30 n2 p113-135 Fall 2005
Alfredo Vea Jr.'s 1993 novel "La Maravilla" depicts a 1950s squatter community on the edge of Phoenix. The community, Buckeye Road, questions notions of U.S. American identity as middle-class, WASP, and heterosexual. Buckeye can easily be viewed as a romanticized utopia that offers an alternative to consumer capitalism, urban sprawl, the disintegration of community, and the loss of spiritual values in the second half of the twentieth century. I argue, however, that the novel consistently undercuts both its own romanticism and our romanticized readings of it. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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