Beyond "Spanglish" : ideologies of language and identity in bilingual Chicana/o cultural production
- Prompted by the following research question: How is the relationship between language and identity conceptualized, articulated, and represented in cultural productions by, for, and about Chicana/os?, this dissertation interrogates linguistic assumptions and expectations of Chicana/o identities. By foregrounding the study of bilingualism in analyses of coming-of-age novels, autobiographical narratives, and feminist writing, it argues for the identification of language ideologies in Chicana/o cultural production. Doing so allows for the necessary examination of social constructions of language and the systems of power they reproduce within Chicana/o cultural studies, as well as the recalibration of limiting linguistic expectations of Chicana/o identity. The first chapter presents a conceptual framework based on the study of bilingualism, identity work, language ideologies, and Chicana/o cultural studies as a critical entry into the analysis of representations of bilingualism and/or bilingual representations. The second chapter compares the proto-Chicano development of bilingualism and Mexican American identity in the protagonists and texts of José Antonio Villareal's Pocho and Américo Paredes's George Washington Gómez. The third chapter elucidates the intricate identity work required to choose and maintain a bilingual Chicana/o identity in Ernesto Galarza's Barrio Boy, Arturo Islas's The Rain God, and Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo. The fourth chapter examines the conflictive relationship to Spanish as a heritage language in writings by Michele Serros, Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, and Vida Mía García that scrutinize the negation of bilingual Chicana/o identities.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|Madrigal, Doris Margot
|Stanford University, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures.
|Saldívar, Ramón, 1949-
|Saldívar, Ramón, 1949-
|Statement of responsibility
|Doris Margot Madrigal.
|Submitted to the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures.
|Ph. D. Stanford University 2010
- © 2010 by Doris Margot Madrigal
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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