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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