Richard Rodriguez Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Christopher, Renny. “Rags to Riches to Suicide: Unhappy Narratives of Upward Mobility—Martin Eden, Bread Givers, Delia’s Song, and Hunger of Memory.” College Literature 29 (Fall, 2002). Discusses upward social and class mobility and the accompanying sense of loss, and includes an excerpt from Hunger of Memory.

Collado, Alfredo Villanueva. “Growing up Hispanic: Discourse and Ideology in Hunger of Memory and Family Installments.” The Americas Review 16, nos. 3/4 (Fall/Winter, 1988). Compares Rodriguez’s book to Family Installments, by Eduardo Rivera.

Danahay, Martin A. “Richard Rodriguez’s Poetics of Manhood.” In Fictions of Masculinity: Crossing Cultures, Crossing Sexualities, edited by Peter F. Murphy. New York: New York University Press, 1994. The chapter on Rodriguez is part of a collection that looks at the “gendered” work of male authors and how they address masculinity and sexuality.

De Castro, Juan E. “Richard Rodriguez in ‘Borderland’: The Ambiguity of Hybridity.” Aztlan 26 (Spring, 2001). Addresses the essay “Starting with Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father,” theories of the border and borderlands and their connections with the idea of a “cosmic race,” hybridity, and multiculturalism.

Guajardo, Paul. Chicano Controversy: Oscar Acosta and Richard Rodriguez. New York: Peter Lang, 2002. Argues for looking anew at Rodriguez’s work and including him in the canon of Chicano literature.

Rodriguez, Richard. “A View from the Melting Pot: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez.” Interview by Scott London. In The Writer’s Presence, edited by Donald McQuade and Robert Atwan. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2000. Interview with Rodriguez on race, ethnic and cultural identity, academia, affirmative action, bilingual education, class, and other subjects.

Romer, Rolando J. “Spanish and English: The Question of Literacy in Hunger of Memory.” Confluencia 6, no. 2 (Spring, 1991). Deconstructs the use of the terms “Spanish” and “English” in the contexts of oral and written language, of classical discourse, of the pastoral, and of race, discussing the contradictions in Hunger of Memory that led to its favorable reception by the dominant Anglo culture and its unfavorable reception by Chicano culture.

Sedore, Timothy. “Violating the Boundaries: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez.” Michigan Quarterly Review 38 (Summer, 1999). Rodriguez discusses his sense of community and Chicano literature.