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Leonard, Kathy S. Bibliographic Guide to Chicana and Latina Narrative. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003, 273 p.

Provides indexes to authors and works (including anthologies, novels, and autobiographies/biographies) of Chicana and Latina writings.


Alemán, Jesse. “Chicano Novelistic Discourse: Dialogizing the Corrido Critical Paradigm.” MELUS 23, no. 1 (spring 1998): 49-64.

Discusses the traditional use of the corrido narrative as a paradigm for Chicano/a literature and advocates greater inclusiveness and diversity.

Foster, David William. “John Rechy: Bodies and Souls and the Homoeroticization of the Urban Quest.” Studies in 20th Century Literature 25, no. 1 (winter 2001): 196-209.

Discusses Rechy's interweaving of urban Chicano/a life with the homoerotic motif in his Bodies and Souls.

Guajardo, Paul. Chicano Controversy: Oscar Acosta and Richard Rodriguez. New York: Peter Lang, 2002, 133 p.

Explores the similarities and differences between Acosta's and Rodriguez's ideas about Chicano/a identity and assimilation.

Huerta, Jorge. Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 209 p.

Analyzes the use of myth and history in Chicano/a drama.

Leal, Luis. “Into the Labyrinth: Chicano Literature in Search of a Theory.” Aztlán 22, no. 2 (fall 1997): 107-19.

Traces the development of literary theories regarding Chicano/a literature from Aurelio Espinosa to the late 1980s.

Lilley, James D. “‘The Short Way of Saying Mexicano’: Patrolling the Borders of Mario Suárez's Fiction.” MELUS 26, no. 3 (fall 2001): 101-18.

Discusses the idea of community in Suárez's fiction as well as the forces he perceives as a threat to the community's way of life.

López, Miguel R. Chicano Timespace: The Poetry and Politics of Ricardo Sánchez. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2001, 199 p.

Explores the protest poetry of Sánchez with emphasis on his role in the Chicano/a social and political movement.

Maciel, David R., Isidro D. Ortiz, and María Herrera-Sobek, eds. Chicano Renaissance: Contemporary Cultural Trends. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2000, 330 p.

Collection of essays on aspects of Chicano/a culture as portrayed in mass media, theater, and literature.

Madsen, Deborah L. Understanding Contemporary Chicana Literature. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2000, 283 p.

Discusses the writings of Bernice Zamora, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Denise Chávez, Alma Luz Villanueva, and Lorna Dee Cervantes.

Martinez, Manuel Luis. Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent from Jack Kerouac to Tomás Rivera. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003, 353 p.

Discusses the role of several Chicano writers as critics of American society.

Mehaffy, Marilyn, and AnaLouise Keating. “‘Carrying the Message’: Denise Chávez on the Politics of Chicana Becoming.” Aztlán 26, no. 1 (spring 2001): 127-55.

Includes an interview with Chávez in which she comments on the place of her works within Chicanisma, using her Face of an Angel and The Last of the Menu Girls as starting points.

Mendoza, Louis Gerard. Historia: The Literary Making of Chicana & Chicano History. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2001, 336 p.

Charts the interconnectedness between Chicano/a literature and history, and their pivotal role in shaping identity.

Schocket, Eric. “Redefining American Proletarian Literature: Mexican Americans and the Challenge to the Tradition of Radical Dissent.” Journal of American and Comparative Literatures 24, nos. 1-2 (spring-summer 2001): 59-69.

Examines the role of Chicano/a literature in shaping proletarian literature in the U.S.

Wiley, Catherine. “Teatro Chicano and the Seduction of Nostalgia.” MELUS 23, no. 1 (spring 1998): 99-115.

Explores the nostalgic pull of Mexico in three Chicano/a plays.


Criticism: Chicana Studies