Rudolfo Anaya Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Rudolfo Anaya Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

A significant figure in Chicano literature, Rudolfo Anaya speaks for the ethnically and culturally mixed voices of New Mexico, the American Southwest, and the United States in general, to unite and inspire. Anaya’s works use Magical Realism and archetypal symbols to connect fragmented contemporary life with a unified heroic past. His principal characters struggle with the duality of Chicano identity—an Aztec-Spanish past, an English-speaking present. Anaya celebrates Mexican American and Native American heritage throughout his canon, connecting the Aztec sun god with Trojan gold and Greek myth. Anaya seeks answers to life’s mysteries in his personal cultural background and in the mythos of ethnically mixed peoples. In...

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