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Contemporary Chicano Literature Four days left to write my final paper I do procrastinate I had all semester and I waited till the final four days I was in the library at the STCC Pecan Campus reading Walt Whitmans classic poem Oh Captain My Captain taking a brake from the decision I was confronted with what subject should I write my final paper on Whitmans Oh Captain My Captain happens to be my favorite Whitman poem I cried the first time I read it Ive read works by some of the worlds finest authors Mark Twain William Shakespeare Anne Rice Stephen King Hunter S Thompson Upton Sinclair Alex Haley etc I suddenly realized that I have never read a work of fiction or a play by a Chicano or a Chicana The only two plays I have ever read in Spanish were not written by a Chicanos Boda de Sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca in which I had the honor of playing the part of el novioand El Caballero de Olmedo by Lope de Vega in which I had the honor of playing the part of Alonzo I put away the Whitman poem and became lost in my own critical thought Was there not a single Chicano or Chicana that had ever written a work of fiction I went to the librarys computerized card catalogue system to investigate this matter Of course I found Chicano fictional writers however not as many as I wish I wouldve found And so I decided to base my paper on a topic that I dont recall we ever discussed in class Chicano literature Myself being an actor and a writer this subject fascinates me In preparation for my paper my research consisted of reading several short stories by Chicano authors whom I found to be exceptionally successful I will attempt to inform the reader of this paper about the Chicano authors successes and give an analytical review of the
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