Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Tierra Y LibertadLand, Liberty, and Latino Housing$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791257

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791257.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 28 March 2020

(p.37) 4 Loss in the Tortilla Flats

(p.37) 4 Loss in the Tortilla Flats

Chapter:
(p.37) 4 Loss in the Tortilla Flats
Source:
Tierra Y Libertad
Author(s):

Steven W. Bender

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791257.003.0005

This chapter makes the first geographical stop in a national housing survey, examining the wrenching economics for farm workers and other manual laborers in California’s affluent Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. This chapter also offers literary examples of the popular conception of Latino/as as poor stewards of their houses and the land, which resonates in U.S. society’s shabby treatment of Latino/as in the arena of housing policy. The chapter addresses specifically the derogatory literary depictions of Latino/a housing in John Steinbeck’s 1935 novel Tortilla Flat and T. C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain, which complement the history of the literal loss of Latino/as’ land and homes, as well as their historical and current exclusion from the American dream of homeownership.

Keywords:   Latino/as, Tortilla Flat, housing policy, Monterey

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.