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Chicano Nations: The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature

Marissa K. Lopez


This book argues that the transnationalism that is central to Chicano identity originated in the global, postcolonial moment at the turn of the nineteenth century rather than as an effect of contemporary economic conditions, which began in the mid-nineteenth century and primarily affected the laboring classes. The Spanish empire then began to implode, and colonists in the “new world” debated the national contours of the viceroyalties. The book locates the origins of Chicano literature here, which is now and always has been “postnational,” encompassing the wealthy, the poor, the white, and the ... More

Keywords: transnationalism, Chicano identity, Chicana narratives, Chicano narratives, Chicano literature, national identity, Chicano literary history, American literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814752616
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marissa K. Lopez, author

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