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Authors

Irene Ruiz

Department

Spanish

Disciplines

Chicana/o Studies

Abstract

Chicana literature details the trials and tribulations of Chicana life at the borderlands of the United States and Mexico. In particular it focuses on different challenges Chicana women face at the borderlands they must cross. While borderlands are usually represented as physical, many are not. Using Sandra Cisneros’ Women Hollering Creek, Denise Chavez’s Loving Pedro Infante, Maria Amparo Escandon’s Esperanza’s Box of Saints, and Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s, The Mystery of Survival, I will explore several common themes that relate to Chicana identity and the struggles that they must go through to overcome these barriers. I will examine the Chicana experience with racism, generational gaps, religions and culture.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Maria Alicia Garza and Dr. Marcy Newman