About this book
This book is an in-depth study of Latina girls, portrayed in five coming-of-age narratives by using spaces and places as hermeneutical tools. The texts under study here are Julia Alvarez’s Return to Sender (2009), Norma E. Cantú’s Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera (1995), Mary Helen Ponce’s Hoyt Street: An Autobiography (1993), and Esmeralda Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican(1993) and Almost a Woman (1998). Unlike most representations of Latina girls, which are characterized by cultural inaccuracies, tropes of exoticism, and a tendency to associate the host society with modernity and their girls’ cultures of origin with backwardness and oppression, these texts contribute to reimagining the social differently from what the dominant imagery offers.
By illustrating the vexing phenomena the characters have to negotiate on a daily basis (such as racism, sexism, and displacement), these narratives open avenues for a critical exploration of the legacies of colonial modernity. This book, therefore, not only enables an analysis of how the girls’ development is shaped by these structures of power, but also shows how such legacies are reversed as the characters negotiate their identities. It breaks with the longstanding characterization of young people, and especially Latina girls, as voiceless and deprived of agency, showing readers that this youth group also has say in controlling their lifeworlds.
Andrea Fernández García is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She has presented papers in conferences held in Spain, Slovakia, USA, Canada and Romania. She has taught courses on English as a second language, Twentieth-century English literature and American literature and culture.
- Book Title Geographies of Girlhood in US Latina Writing
- Book Subtitle Decolonizing Spaces and Identities
- Series Title Literatures of the Americas
- Series Abbreviated Title Literatures of the Americas
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20107-4
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-20106-7
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-20109-8
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-20107-4
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages VIII, 198
- Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Latin American/Caribbean Literature
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