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Topics in Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature

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The Challenges of Living as an Immigrant in the United States in The House on Mango Street, a Novel by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street is a book written in the first persona, illustrating the difficulties of living in the United States as an immigrant. Written through the eyes of a young Spanish speaking girl named Esparanza; she explains the challenges that she faces as a female in a society that is male dominated and where peopl...
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The Use of Literary Elements to Emphasize the Importance of the Toolbox as a Vessel of Future Knowledge in Viramontes' Under the Feet of Jesus
Pandoa’s Box was said to contain all the evils in the world, upon opening spreading sins around the Earth. In the excerpt from Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, the toolbox is similar to Pandora ’s Box as it contains Estrella’s future knowledge. Although the toolbox is a reoccurring theme throughout the passage, it is n...
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The Narrator's View of Love and Loss in This is How You Lose Her, a Book by Junot Diaz
The Trials and Tribulations of Love Junot Diaz’s book This Is How You Lose Her provides an insightful look into love and loss, mostly through the eyes of its narrator, Yunior. Within this collection are stories of Yunior’s infidelity and the relationships of those around him; this includes tales of his family’s struggles w...
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Jungian Archetypes in "Blue Tigers," a Short Story by Jorge Luis Borges
“Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges Introduction The works of Jorge Luis Borges represent a unique literary approach to writi...
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The Life and Work of Julia Alvarez
Each morning I wrote my name On the dusty cabinet, then crossed The dining table in script, scrawled in capitals on the backs of chairs, practicing signatures like scales while Mother followed, squirting linseed from a burping can into a crumpled flannel. She erased my fingerprints From the bookshelf and rocker...
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A Report on the Banking Concept of Education in the Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a Non-Fiction Book by Paulo Freire
The Banking Concept Class Before reading Paulo Freire’s Chapter 2 of “Pedagogy of the oppressed”, I had never heard of the banking concept of education nor of the problem solving method he talks about. Thinking back on my education, recent and previous, I can relate a lot of how he describes the banking con...
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An Overview of History in One Hundred Years of Solitude, a Novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez depicts history through the Buendias’ tumultuous lineage facing colonization, societal change, war, and industrial birth over a 100-year period. All of this change is brought on by the very human quality of curiosity that leads to the deterioration of Macon...
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The Use of Metafiction in the Book The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia
In the book, The People of Paper, metafiction was found throughout the
story. The author uses different meta techniques to determine the
metafiction shown within the book. This gives the reader to analyze the
constructed nature of the book and to explore the artificiality of the
world outside the text. Within the novel, met...
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Feminicide in the Novel If I Die in Juarez by Stella Pope Duarte
Feminicide was displayed in Stella Pope Duarte's novel, If I Die in
Jurez, and was also seen within Gloria Anzalda's Borderlands: The New
Mestiza and Cherre L. Moraga's Loving in the War Years. According to Rio's
definition of feminicide, he says that it is genocide against women, and it
occurs when the historical conditions...
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A Review of the Shadow of the Wind, a Novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind Discussion The theme of The Shadow of the Wind hits home for me because it is about how sacred books are to the connection of people from all over the world, regardless of their race, gender, strengths or weaknesses, and I am an English major whom books are very important to. Books are so powerful,...
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An Analysis of the Literary Techniques of Gloria Anzulda
Who is to say what is and what isn't an error - doesn't it depend on
the context? Any student is capable of scanning through a piece of writing
and picking out bits and pieces that would violate conventional rules set
by a standard English textbook, yet would the resulting text be what the
author intended? Consider this -...
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The Assimilation of Panchito in America in the Book The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
In the book The Circuit, a boy named Panchito and his family were migrant workers who are desperate to travel for work to provide for their family. Panchito is the second out of ten children from El Rancho Blanco, Mexico. His father dreamt of crossing the border to live and work in California,where he could make money and r...
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An Analysis of the Role of Magical Realism in the Works of Gabriel Garcia Marques and His Short Story A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
"A Very old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Marquez is a wonderful example of Magical Realism. We can say that A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings is a magical realistic piece because it combines realistic narrative and naturalistic technique with surreal elements of dream or fantasy. All throughout his life the...
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A Review of the Book The Question of Palestine by Edward S. Said
Question of Palestine: Book Review Edward S. Said writes a very compelling and insightful book in The Question of Palestine. Throughout the book, Said tries to answer three questions that stem from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on his perspective as a Palestinian living in exile. However, despite this approach to...
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The Theme of Judgment in The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
The United States of America is often seen by other countries, especially Mexico, as the land of the free, home of the brave, and a place where dreams come true. Unfortunately as depicted in The Tortilla Curtain this is rarely true. In The Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle argues thatno one should ever judge another person just...
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The Life and Works of Richard Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Warburg Institute of London. He became somewhat famous after writing his autobiographyHunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, which was published in 1982. He was alsoknown for writing about social matters. In his essay, “The Lo...
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The Common Stereotypes about Latin Women in The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria by Judith Cofer
No matter where we turn, there will always be someone there to judge and criticize us for being who we are. We can’t help it, being a certain nationality, sex, or having a sexual orientation that doesn’t match the norm. But why is this still a problem in the twenty first century? Why have we failed to overcome widespread pr...
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A Critical Analysis of the People of Paper, a Contemporary Novel by Salvador Plascencia
Living on the Page: An Analysis of the Author’s Role in The People of Paper In his 1967 critical essay “The Death of the Author,” Roland Barthes elevated the role of the reader to be the one who, rather than the author, constructs the meaning of literature, asserting, “the birth of the reader must be at the cost of the dea...
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The Sense of Smell in One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel García Márquez, just like many other magical realist writers, relies heavily on the usage of imagery. Descriptive language was popularized by many pre-magical realism writers. Some writers, like Albert Camus, created a unique atmosphere by using very detailed and descriptive language of the physical world. Garcia Ma...
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The Literary Effect of Axolotl and The Island at Noon by Julio Cortazar
The debate about the equality of men and animals is ancient. One of the most accepted arguments for men’s superiority is men’s ability of complex thought. Men have a unique consciousness and intelligence. This debate has reached out to many aspects of life, including literature. No wonder, that Julio Cortázar uses this anci...
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A Literary Analysis of the Novel Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
I must say that this particular novel was, at times hard for me to read but I really challeng myself in order for me to learn more. Because this novel colored by the author’s intimate knowledge of the world of mental hospital, their relationships, and the comfort and anxiety in living in such a place. In this novel you can...
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The Portrayal of Justice in Pat Mora's La Migra and Paul Zimmer's Zimmer's Head Thudding Against the Blackboard
While many people would complain if their drink were just ice, it is irrefutable that justice is a key and central theme in every society. There are a ton of examples of this, taking on mediums such as films, journals, songs, paintings, and even literature. Poetry, being a beautifully crafted collection of words, can ofte...
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A Critique of This Is How You Lose Her, a Collection of Short Stories by Junot Diaz
A cheater’s love story is often thought of as an oxymoron. It is not something that one thinks of as a possibility – if someone is cheating on his or her partner, he or she must not love them anymore. Junot Diaz, in his collection of short stories titled This Is How You Lose Her, conveys how a cheater might in fact have fee...
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The Excess of Power in the Novel Big Mama's Funeral by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Marquez’s “Big Mama’s Funeral” details the life of the last matriarch in the fictional Macondo, which seems to be have been influenced from the country Columbia. Being the last matriarch reveals that the times are changing and the people are finally being able to take control of their life, instead of being dictated by per...
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An Analysis of Mexican Traditions in Like Water for Chocolate, a Novel by Laura Esquivel
Hispanic women, like their foreign, female counterparts, have fought long and hard against tradition for gender equality and freedom. As depicted in the Laura Esquivel’s novel Like Water for Chocolate, tradition in Mexico meant that Tita de la Garza, the youngest daughter, is forbidden to marry because it is Tita’s responsi...
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