Contemporary Chicano Literatur


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Four days left to write my final paper. I do procrastinate. I had all semester and I waited till the final four days. I was in the library at the STCC Pecan Campus reading Walt Whitman's classic poem "Oh Captain, My Captain," taking a brake from the decision I was confronted with: what subject should I write my final paper on. Whitman's "Oh Captain, My Captain" happens to be my favorite Whitman poem. I cried the first time I read it. I've read works by some of the world's finest authors: Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Hunter S. Thompson, Upton Sinclair, Alex Haley, etc. I suddenly realized that I have never read a work of fiction, or a play by a ...

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system to investigate this matter. Of course I found Chicano fictional writers; however, not as many as I wish I would've found. And so I decided to base my paper on a topic that I don’t recall we ever discussed in class: Chicano literature. Myself being an actor and a writer this subject fascinates me. In preparation for my paper, my research consisted of reading several short stories by Chicano authors whom I found to be exceptionally successful. I will attempt to inform the reader of this paper about the Chicano authors' successes and give an analytical review of the stories which I read. These readings which I tackled upon myself were quite entertaining. I remember reading Octavio Paz's chapter, "The Pachuco and Other Extremes," from his book, The Labyrinth of Solitude Life and Thought in Mexico, in which he mentions that a work of art (i.e. literature or paintings) would help to "recreate" the Mexican and "express him" (Paz 10). Paz made this statement in the 1940s ...

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up no more that five pages, I realized why Woman Hollering Creek won so many literary awards. It's a unique, little "growing-up" story unlike any other that I have ever read. Rachel, the main character in the story, turns eleven years of age on the day that the story is set. I will not summarize the story because this paper is not a book report; however, I will let the theme of the story be known in the author's own words:
"when you're eleven, you're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one. Like some days you might say something stupid and that's the part of you that's still ten. Or maybe some days you might need to sit ...

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