In the Spirit of a New People The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement

ISBN-10: 081473877X
ISBN-13: 9780814738771
Edition: 2013
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Description: Reexamining the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, In the Spirit of a New People brings to light new insights about social activism in the twentieth-century and new lessons for progressive politics in the twenty-first. Randy J.  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 241
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Reexamining the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, In the Spirit of a New People brings to light new insights about social activism in the twentieth-century and new lessons for progressive politics in the twenty-first. Randy J. Ontiveros explores the ways in which Chicano/a artists and activists used fiction, poetry, visual arts, theater, and other expressive forms to forge a common purpose and to challenge inequality in America. Focusing on cultural politics, Ontiveros reveals neglected stories about the Chicano movement and its impact: how writers used the street press to push back against the network news; how visual artists such as Santa Barraza used painting, installations, and mixed media to challenge racism in mainstream environmentalism; how El Teatro Campesino’s innovative “actos,” or short skits,sought to embody new, more inclusive forms of citizenship; and how Sandra Cisneros and other Chicana novelists broadened the narrative of the Chicano movement. In the Spirit of a New People articulates a fresh understanding of how the Chicano movement contributed to the social and political currents of postwar America, and how the movement remains meaningful today.

Randy J. Ontiveros is Associate Professor of English and an affiliate in U.S. Latina/o Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Art and History of the Chicano Movement
Antennas and Mimeograph Machines: Postwar Mass Media and the Chicano/a Street Press
Green Aztl�n: Environmentalism and the Chicano/a Visual Arts
Immigrant Actos: Citizenship and Performance in El Teatro Campesino
After Words: Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo and the Evolution of Chicano/a Cultural Politics
Notes
Index
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