Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia
304 pages, 6 x 9
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Release Date:01 Apr 2006
ISBN:9780292713123
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Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia

Conversations with Writers and Artists

University of Texas Press

Since the 1980s, a prolific "second wave" of Chicano/a writers and artists has tremendously expanded the range of genres and subject matter in Chicano/a literature and art. Building on the pioneering work of their predecessors, whose artistic creations were often tied to political activism and the civil rights struggle, today's Chicano/a writers and artists feel free to focus as much on the aesthetic quality of their work as on its social content. They use novels, short stories, poetry, drama, documentary films, and comic books to shape the raw materials of life into art objects that cause us to participate empathetically in an increasingly complex Chicano/a identity and experience.

This book presents far-ranging interviews with twenty-one "second wave" Chicano/a poets, fiction writers, dramatists, documentary filmmakers, and playwrights. Some are mainstream, widely recognized creators, while others work from the margins because of their sexual orientations or their controversial positions. Frederick Luis Aldama draws out the artists and authors on both the aesthetic and the sociopolitical concerns that animate their work. Their conversations delve into such areas as how the artists' or writers' life experiences have molded their work, why they choose to work in certain genres and how they have transformed them, what it means to be Chicano/a in today's pluralistic society, and how Chicano/a identity influences and is influenced by contact with ethnic and racial identities from around the world.

This is a most absorbing book, for the authors interviewed here perform as live and
also quite lively voices, inviting the reader to sample their art.... The book succeeds in
defining the achievement of a significant literary generation.
Herbert S. Lindenberger, Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities in Comparative
Literature and English, Emeritus, Stanford University
Aldama has effectively rewritten the standard for conducting interviews. While all his
authors are deeply interesting, what's wonderful is how each interview develops in its own
unique way. It's quite clear that Aldama is asking the questions, but he's also responding
to the answers. As a result, all the interviews make for great reading.
José F. Aranda Jr., Associate Professor of English, Rice University
Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio
State University.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introducing a Second Wave of Chicano/a Visual/Verbal Artists
  • Writers/Artists, Alphabetical Listing
    • Francisco X. Alarcón
    • Alfred Arteaga
    • Ricardo Bracho
    • Denise Chávez
    • Lucha Corpi
    • Dagoberto Gilb
    • Jaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez)
    • Juan Felipe Herrera
    • Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash)
    • Pat Mora
    • Cherríe Moraga
    • Alejandro Morales
    • Michael Nava
    • Daniel Olivas
    • Cecile Pineda
    • Lourdes Portillo
    • Luis J. Rodríguez
    • Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    • Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Alfredo Véa Jr.
    • Alma Luz Villanueva
  • Writers/Artists by Main Genre
    • Poetry
      • Francisco X. Alarcón
      • Alfred Arteaga
      • Juan Felipe Herrera
      • Pat Mora
      • Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    • Novels
      • Denise Chávez
      • Lucha Corpi
      • Alejandro Morales
      • Michael Nava
      • Cecile Pineda
      • Alfredo Véa Jr.
      • Alma Luz Villanueva
    • Short Stories
      • Dagoberto Gilb
      • Daniel Olivas
      • Luis J. Rodríguez
    • Dramatic and Performance Arts
      • Ricardo Bracho
      • Cherríe Moraga
      • Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash)
    • Other
      • Jaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez) (comic books)
      • Lourdes Portillo (documentary film)
      • Luis Alberto Urrea (nonfiction nature / travel writing)
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