- Series: Postwestern Horizons
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803232349
- ISBN-13: 978-0803232341
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
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María Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Postwestern Horizons) Hardcover – June 1, 2004
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Since the recent republication of her novel The Squatter and the Don, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (183295) has become a key figure in the recovery of nineteenth-century Mexican American literature. An aristocratic Californiana, she championed the rights of Mexican Americans in novels, plays, and letters. Her 1885 novel called attention to the illegal appropriation of Mexican land by the United States government, and she critiqued the political mores of America after the Civil War in light of the Mexican-American war. Her keen assessment of corporate capitalism at the end of the nineteenth century, frank acknowledgment of feminine desire, and deft insights about economic realities and class relations were unique among her American peers.
Using Ruiz de Burtons work to analyze the critical schism conventionally imposed on nineteenth-century literary culture in America, the essays in this collection also draw connections between her work and the contemporary Chicana and Chicano canons. At once richly historical and critically nuanced, these essays appraise a politically complex Mexican American writer alternately celebrated as marginalized and censured for her identification with a social elite. This volume includes a section on pedagogy that offers a discussion of teaching approaches, syllabi, discussion questions, and assignments.
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The authors also show how Amparo critiqued the post Civil War US society and its Gilded Age, from the distinct vantage of a Mexican American. It should be of interest to those of you who have studied that time, perhaps via more "conventional" mainstream American historians. Some of her novels criticise Anglo racism, but instead replace them with a Spanish racism that allows mixing, but retains "whiteness as the highest identity marker".