The contributors contemplate a number of facets of Chicana experience: life on the Mexico-U.S. border, bilingualism, the problems posed by a culture of repressive sexuality, the "ranchera "son"g, "and "domesticana" artistic production. They also look at Chicana feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, the history of Chicanas in the larger Chicano movement, autobiographical writing, and the interplay between gender and ethnicity in the movie "Lone Star." Some of the essays are expansive; others--such as Norma Cantu's discussion of the writing of her fictionalized memoir "Canicula"--are intimate. All are committed to the transformative powers of critical inquiry and feminist theory.
"Contributors." Norma Alarcon, Gabriela F. Arredondo, Ruth Behar, Maylei Blackwell, Norma E. Cantu, Sergio de la Mora, Ann duCille, Michelle Fine, Rosa Linda Fregoso, Rebecca M. Gamez, Jennifer Gonzalez, Ellie Hernandez, Aida Hurtado, Claire Joysmith, Norma Klahn, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Olga Najera-Ramirez, Anna Nieto Gomez, Renato Rosaldo, Elba Rosario Sanchez, Marcia Stephenson, Jose Manuel Valenzuela, Patricia Zavella