440 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
12 halftones, 13 maps
Release Date:01 Apr 2017


Essays on the Chicano Homeland, Revised and Expanded Edition

University of New Mexico Press

During the Chicano Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, the idea of Aztlán, homeland of the ancient Aztecs, served as a unifying force in an emerging cultural renaissance. Does the term remain useful? This expanded new edition of the classic 1989 collection of essays about Aztlán weighs its value. To encompass new developments in the discourse the editors have added six new essays.

After close to half a century of elaboration on the concept and cultural forces of Aztlán, with this edition we encounter new sets of thinking, radical perspectives, and most of all, perhaps, we can see ourselves in the universe as never before--turning, repivoting a new poetic mind, a fuller humanity. These authors are brilliant, daring pioneers. Bravo!'--Juan Felipe Herrera, United States Poet Laureate , 2015-2016
Rudolfo Anaya is the acclaimed author of Bless Me, Ultima and many other books. Francisco A. Lomelí, a senior scholar of Chicana/o and Latin American literature, is a professor in both the Chicana/o Studies and the Spanish and Portuguese Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Author of numerous books, Enrique R. Lamadrid is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish from the University of New Mexico.

List of Illustrations

Introduction. Revisiting the Vision of Aztlán: Origins, Interpretations, and Theory vis-à-vis Fact and Fiction
Francisco A. Lomelí

Part One. Aztlán as Myth and Historical Conscience
Chapter One. El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán
Chapter Two. Aztlán: A Homeland without Boundaries
Rudolfo A. Anaya
Chapter Three. The Archaic, Historical, and Mythicized Dimensions of Aztlán
Michael Pina
Chapter Four. Spanish Colonial Mapmakers and the Search for Aztlán, Teguayo, Copala, and the Siete Cuevas
Joseph P. Sánchez
Chapter Five. The Aztec Palimpsest: Toward a New Understanding of Aztlán, Cultural Identity, and History
Daniel Cooper Alarcón
Chapter Six. Aztlán: Myth and Historical Consciousness of the Chicano People
Cosme Zaragoza, Translated by Francisco A. Lomelí

Part Two. Historicizing the Dialectics of Aztlán
Chapter Seven. In Search of Aztlán
Luis Leal, Translated by Gladys Leal
Chapter Eight. Myth and Reality: Observations on American Myths and the Myth of Aztlán
E. A. Mares
Chapter Nine. The Vicissitudes of Aztlán
Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe
Chapter Ten. Aztlán, Montezuma, and New Mexico: The Political Uses of American Indian Mythology
Ramón A. Gutiérrez

Part Three. Redefining Aztlán as a Discursive Concept
Chapter Eleven. Refiguring Aztlán
Rafael Pérez-Torres
Chapter Twelve. The Homeland, Aztlán/El otro México
Gloria Anzaldúa
Chapter Thirteen. Queer Aztlán: The Re-Formation of Chicano Tribe
Cherríe Moraga
Chapter Fourteen. Return to Aztlán: The Chicano Rediscovers His Indian Past
Guillermo Lux and Maurilio E. Vigil
Chapter Fifteen. Aztlán, Cíbola, and Frontier New Spain
John R. Chávez

Part Four. Comparative Applications Of Aztlán
Chapter Sixteen. Myth and Comparative Cultural Nationalism: The Ideological Uses of Aztlán
Genaro M. Padilla
Chapter Seventeen. Aztlán, Borinquen, and Hispanic Nationalism in the United States
J. Jorge Klor de Alva
Chapter Eighteen. The Nativist Aztlán: Fantasies and Anxieties of Whiteness on the Border
Lee Bebout
Chapter Nineteen. Myth, Identity, and Struggle in Three Chicano Novels: Aztlán, Anaya, Méndez, and Acosta
Chapter Twenty. ABC: Aztlán, the Borderlands, and Chicago
Sergio D. Elizondo


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