Chicano Literature Analysis

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The analysis of Latino, Hispanic and Chicano (referred to as LHC from here on) literature has been adapted to be compared to the Anglo writing that American society has adopted. The cultural aspects of LHC literature create a unique type of writing that influences the readers from seeing outside their world view. Expanding the knowledge of LHC literature in American society has impacted the United States by allowing for more diversity in the characters and stories they learn about. The fame of an author does not improve their writing nor show an impact on society when LHC authors often go unrecognized, but still are reshaping the American literary world. Beginning to understand the LHC literature first starts with understanding that the American…show more content…
The Chicano people are lost in their identities as both Mexican and American people. In the 1960’s there was a rise in Chicano literature in response to the social and political changes in society. Chicano literature is often misunderstood due to cultural ambivalence, “Cultural ambivalence can be defined as an attitude that expresses the diverse nature of the Chicano experience in American Society. It expresses the central dilemma of the Chicano who is conscious of being a product of both Mexican and American cultures” (Treviño 1). The Chicano literature embraces the cultural ambivalence that is existent only with both cultures. In the United States literature that has Mexican lore or representation but still takes place in America making it relatable to all American citizens. In reference to the “Education of Popo” by Maria Cristina Mena, “Mena directly interprets the Chicana experience from this dual consciousness that incorporates elements of both the dominant culture and of her subculture. The theme of this satirical narration is the conflict that results when the value systems of Mexican culture are contrasted with those of Anglo-American culture” (Treviño 1). The drift between the cultures highlights the isolation Chicanos face in a literary social protest. The Chicano literature movement has helped American society by making a stand about not belonging to one culture and the beauty that can come from a diverse culture. “Don José María similarly is characterized as being representative of a unique cultural experience in the Southwest which early Chicano authors like Jovita González are attempting to define. The narrator states: "Monotonous and uninteresting from the outside, his home was the center of border culture--not the culture of Mexico, not the culture of the United States, but a culture peculiar to the
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