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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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Rolando R. Hinojosa-Smith: My Life And Times With Chicano Literature
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Linda Fregoso
Rolando R. Hinojosa-Smith
Aug 13, 1980

Rolando R. Hinojosa-Smith: My life and times with Chicano literature

Writer Rolando Hinojosa Smith talks about his work and the history and development of Chicano literature. Hinojosa, a professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota, explains that Mexican American literature traces back to 1848, but only recently has it reached widespread audiences. Hinojosa discusses the recent rediscovery of these works, describes their major characteristics and compares them to the literature coming out of Mexico and Spain. He then discusses the absence of the corrido in contemporary Chicano prose and the efforts of Chicanos at Berkeley to form publishing houses.

Hinojosa also addresses how Chicano literature fits into American Literature and its international reception. He explains that in the past decade, Chicano literature has garnered academic interest and international acclaim, but that some people continue to question whether or not it is American Literature because some of it is written in Spanish. Hinojosa believes that Chicano literature deals with universal themes and that American literature should not be restricted to one language.

Hinojosa then talks about his own work, the Klail City Death Trip Series, and its characters, cultural perspective and style. He explains why some of his books are in Spanish and others in English, and he talks a little about his writing process. He concludes with a brief discussion of the future of Chicano Literature.


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