1st Edition

Post-Revolutionary Chicana Literature Memoir, Folklore and Fiction of the Border, 1900–1950

By Sam Lopez Copyright 1998
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines how Chicana literature in three genres—memoir, folklore, and fiction—arose at the turn of the twentieth century in the borderlands of the United States and Mexico. Lopez examines three women writers and highlights their contributions to Chicana writing in its earliest years as well as their contributions to the genres in which they wrote. The women -- Leonor Villegas de Magnón, Jovita Idar, and Josefina Niggli—represent three powerful voices from which to gain a clearer understanding of women’s lives and struggles during and after the Mexican Revolution and also, offer surprising insights into women’s active roles in border life and the revolution itself. Readers are encouraged to rethink Chicana lives, and expand their ideas of "Chicana" from a subset of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s to a vibrant and vigorous reality stretching back into the past.

    List of Figures



    Chapter I Politics of Place: Laredo as Case Study

    Chapter II "Do they not remember the brave women?": Rethinking/ Rewriting Border Women in Leonor Villegas de Magnón’s The Rebel

    Chapter III The Moon and the Unfortunate Lover: Folklore and Feminism in Jovita González’ Dew on the Thorn

    Chapter IV The People Beyond the Mountains: Crossing Boundaries with Josephina Niggli’s Mexican Village

    Conclusion: A Tolerance for Ambiguity

    Appendix La Crónica





    Sam Lopez