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Before ChicanoCitizenship and the Making of Mexican American Manhood, 1848-1959$
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Alberto Varon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479863969

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479863969.001.0001

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Fantasy Citizenship

Fantasy Citizenship

Mexican American Manhood and the Shifting Structures of Legal Belonging

(p.63) 2 Fantasy Citizenship
Before Chicano

Alberto Varon

NYU Press

This chapter considers the other predominant figure of late 19th century manhood, one often directed at a middle-class readership, Spanish fantasy heritage. This chapter examines Spanish fantasy heritage as a process of racialization responding to the dual nature of U.S. citizenship that distinguished between state and federal citizenship. This chapter recovers the work of author Adolfo Carrillo whose collection of short stories, Cuentos Californianos, counters the racialization of Mexican Americans within this climate of changing legal structures through its treatment of the fantasy heritage. This chapter further asserts the need to read U.S. culture multilingually in order to understand its full complexity.

Keywords:   Spanish Fantasy Heritage, California, Constitution, Race and racialization, Adolfo Carrillo, Gertrude Atherton, Charles Lummis

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