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Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature

John Alba Cutler


This book compares sociological and Chicano/a (Mexican-American) literary representations of assimilation. It argues that while Chicano/a literary works engage assimilation in complex, often contradictory ways, they manifest an underlying conviction in literature’s productive power. At the same time, Chicano/a literature demonstrates assimilation sociology’s inattention to its status as a representational discourse. As twentieth-century sociologists employ the term, assimilation reinscribes as fact the fiction of a unitary national culture, ignores the interlinking of race and gender in cultur ... More

Keywords: Chicano, literature, assimilation, sociology, cultural capital, Quinto Sol, race, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190210113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Alba Cutler, author
Northwestern University