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By Cristina Herrera

Regardless of the growing to be literary scholarship on Chicana writers, few, if any, experiences have exhaustively explored topics of motherhood, maternity, and mother-daughter relationships of their novels. while discussions of motherhood and mother-daughter relationships do take place in literary scholarship, they generally tend to as a rule be a backdrop to a bigger dialog on issues corresponding to identification, house, and sexuality, for instance. Mother-daughter relationships were missed in a lot literary feedback, yet this e-book finds that maternal relationships are an important to the learn of Chicana literature; extra accurately, analyzing maternal relationships presents perception to Chicana writers' rejection of intersecting energy buildings that differently silence Chicanas and ladies of colour. This ebook advances the sphere of Chicana literary scholarship via a dialogue of Chicana writers' efforts to re-write the script of maternity outdoors of current discourses that situate Chicana moms as silent and passive and the following mother-daughter dating as a resource of anxiety and angst. Chicana writers are actively engaged within the technique of re-writing motherhood that resists similar to the static, disempowered Chicana mom; however, those related writers interact in vast representations of Chicana mother-daughter relationships that aren't in basic terms a resource of clash but in addition a way during which either moms and daughters could in achieving subjectivity. whereas the various texts studied do current usually conflicted relationships among moms and their daughters, the novels don't with ease settle for this script because the rule; relatively, the writers integrated during this examine are hugely invested in re-writing Chicana motherhood as a resource of empowerment while their works current strained maternal relationships. Chicana writers have challenged the pervasiveness of the troublesome virgin/whore binary which has been the motif on which Chicana womanhood/motherhood has been outlined, they usually withstand the development of maternity on such slender phrases. the various novels incorporated during this learn actively foreground a wakeful resistance to the restricting binaries of motherhood symbolized within the virgin/whore break up. The writers significantly demand a rethinking of motherhood past this scope as a way to discover the empowering probabilities of maternal relationships. This ebook is a vital contribution to the fields of Chicana/Latina and American literary scholarship.

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Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script

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As María Gonzalez asserted, “The Chicana author, by articulating a portrayal of the complexity in the mother-child and specifically [the] mother-daughter relationship, responds to the narrowly defined understanding of motherhood within the Mexican American culture” (156). Chicanas are writing within a tradition that has typically portrayed mothers as either elevated figures of maternity or inconsequential and silenced. The mother is a complicated figure in Chicana 38 Contemporary Chicana Literature fiction—more so for the daughters who struggle to create their own identities without maternal interference.

Again, the stereotype drew on the historical slavery image of African Americans as ‘lazy, hypersexed, reckless breeders’” (Handler and Hasenfeld 163). The welfare queen, so dubbed by a racist, sexist, and classist media outlet, was also in large part connected to yet another example of media sensationalizing in presentations of “crack babies” and “crack mothers,” which “served as a powerful cautionary tale about the inherent fitness of poor or lower-class African American women to be mothers at all” (Douglas and Michaels 161).

For example, the figure of La Malinche (more thoroughly discussed in chapter 1), bears historical significance within Mexican and Chicana/o culture. Images of the bad and the good mother find deep roots within the culture, perpetuated by the strong influence of Roman Catholicism among many Mexican and Chicana/o families. 17 How is it possible to reconstruct motherhood when Mexican culture simultaneously elevates the mother (La Virgen de Guadalupe) and denigrates her (La Malinche and La Llorona)?

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