A Critical Collection on Alejandro Morales
352 pages, 6 x 9
Hardcover
Release Date:01 Dec 2021
ISBN:9780826363091
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A Critical Collection on Alejandro Morales

Forging an Alternative Chicano Fiction

University of New Mexico Press

Alejandro Morales is a pioneer of Chicana and Chicano literature and the author of groundbreaking works including The Brick People, The Rag Doll Plagues, and River of Angels. His work, often experimental, was one of the first to depict harsh urban realities in the barrios--a break from much of the Chicana and Chicano fiction that had been published previously. Morales' relentless work has grown over the decades into a veritable menagerie of cultural testimonies, fantastic counterhistories, magical realism, challenging metanarratives, and flesh-and-blood aesthetic innovation. The fourteen essays included in this compendium examine Morales' novels and short stories. The editors also include a critical introduction; an interview between Morales, the editors, and fellow author Daniel Olivas; and a new comprehensive bibliography of Morales' writings and works about him--books, articles, book reviews, online resources, and dissertations. A Critical Collection on Alejandro Morales: Forging an Alternative Chicano Fiction is a must-read for understanding and appreciating Morales' work in particular and Chicana and Chicano literature in general.


Borges generatively explored how the finite could grasp the infinite--those perfect spheres and points in space that contain all the universe's points and angles of perception. Alchemical curators Marc García-Martínez and Francisco A. Lomelí show us how words that shape scholarly concepts can lead to the apprehension of the ungraspable. They put into polyversal play perfectly shaped scholarly spheres that open us to the infinitude of Alejandro Morales' multiverses and futurities.'--Frederick Luis Aldama, coeditor of Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities
This landmark collection of critical essays analyzes Alejandro Morales' works throughout the vast scope of his literary career and fully reveals the genius and the aesthetic and intellectual significance of his prolific contributions to US literature and culture broadly and Chicana and Chicano literature and culture more specifically. This volume gives Morales' work the prominent place it deserves in US literary history.'--Timothy R. Libretti, contributor to Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt: Critical Perspectives on Carlos Bulosan
Marc García-Martínez is a professor of English at Allan Hancock College and a lecturer of Chicana/o studies at UC-Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Flesh-and-Blood Aesthetics of Alejandro Morales: Disease, Sex, and Figuration. Francisco A. Lomelí is a professor emeritus of Chicana/o studies and Spanish and Portuguese at UC-Santa Barbara. He is the author, coauthor, and coeditor of forty books, including a landmark translation of Alejandro Morales' Barrio on the Edge and Aztlán: Essays on the Chicano Homeland (UNM Press).
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