By Karen Christian

What makes John Rechy a Chicano author? To be Latino, needs to writing have a slightly of "magical realism"? Can one speak of U.S. Latina/o id, contemplating the variety of the Latina/o event?

Through the research of 9 fresh Latino/a novels, Karen Christian solutions those and different questions, thereby including a clean, daring voice to the anti-essentialist debate surrounding ethnic and gender id. Christian melds the idea of "performativity" with the most recent scholarship on ethnicity and ethnic literature to create a framework for viewing identification as a continual technique that can't be lowered to static different types. via their narrative "performances," U.S. Latina/o writers and their characters circulation between groups and identities in an ongoing problem to the proposal of Latina/o essence.

This research can be one of the first to check traits around the spectrum of cultures represented in U.S. Latina/o literature--from Chicano to Cuban to Puerto Rican to Dominican.

Show and Tell is vital for any critical scholar of Latina/o literature and identity.

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