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“An Actress in a Play”: Service as Sacred Performance in Denise Chávez’s Face of an Angel

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Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)

Abstract

This chapter examines the definitions and gendered mechanisms of service in Denise Chavez’s novel. The chapter shows how service is elevated as the primary sacred principle with which to contend and through which other issues are considered. The chapter goes on to discuss the rite of passage resolving how service will be defined for Soveida Dosamantes and how that ritualization involves a complex negotiation through the stories of the women in her family. Through her rite we find that the Book of Service is more than a manual for waitressing.

Keywords

Chavez Trauma Performativity Testimonial God Angels Book of Service Rite Domesticity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami UniversityCincinnatiUSA

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