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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Chicanas And Literature
Program #
Culture, Politics

Literature, Women's Issues
Alejandro Saenz
Gloria Anzaldua, Inez Hernandez Tovar
Jul 6, 1977

Chicanas and Literature

Inez Hernandez Tovar and Gloria Anzaldua discuss the political context and cultural work of Chicana writers. . They explain that the Chicano movement provided some Chicano and Chicana writers the support and forums necessary to share their work. While mainstream publishing presses ignored minority voices, Chicanos and other groups were creating their own journals. These journals helped legitimate bilingualism among Chicanos as a vehicle of Chicano expression. Chicanas and Chicanos felt free to publish works written in a mixture of Spanish and English that reflected the language(s) they felt most comfortable in.

They also discuss the problems of sexism and the recognition denied to Chicana writers. While the Chicano Movement and Scholarship has acknowledge few female writers, the authors discussed contemporary ways Chicanas began to assert their presence at literary festivals and through other venues and gradually receiving more recognition. They explore the thematic differences between Chicano and Chicana writing, noting that while Chicanos authors focus on the emotional journey of pre-pubescent young men, Chicana authors use poetry and prose examine the adult relationships between men and women.

Gloria Anzaldua notes some key themes discussed in Chicana poetry: feelings of rage, the effects of classism and racism, the virtues of being a woman, and the concepts of hermandad and humanidad. note the political nature of Chicana writings.


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