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Hecho en Tejas An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature

ISBN-10: 0826341268
ISBN-13: 9780826341266
Edition: 2007
Authors: Dagoberto Gilb
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Description: Once an independent nation, Texas has always been proud of its unique culture. The literature of the Lone Star State has long attracted local, regional, and national audiences and critics, yet the state's Mexican American voices have yet to receive  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 4/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Once an independent nation, Texas has always been proud of its unique culture. The literature of the Lone Star State has long attracted local, regional, and national audiences and critics, yet the state's Mexican American voices have yet to receive the attention they deserve. "Hecho en Tejas" is a historic anthology that establishes the canon of Mexican American literature in Texas. With close to one hundred selections chosen, the book reaches back to the sixteenth-century exploration narrative of Texas's first Spanish-speaking writer, Alvar Nu?ez Cabeza de Vaca. It features prose by Amrico Paredes and Jovita Gonzalez, Rolando Hinojosa and Toms Rivera, Estela Trambley Portillo, and Sandra Cisneros. Among the poets included in the anthology are Ricardo Snchez, Carmen Tafolla, Angela de Hoyos, and Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado. "Hecho en Tejas" also includes corridos from the turn of the century and verses sung by music legends such as Lydia Mendoza and Santiago Jimenez, Sr., Freddy Fender, and Selena. In addition to these established names, already known across the United States, "Hecho en Tejas" introduces such younger writers as Christine Granados, Erasmo Guerra, and Tonantzin Canestaro-Garcia, the famous Tejano authors of tomorrow. In assembling this canonic reader, Dagoberto Gilb has created more than an anthology. Read cover to cover, "Hecho en Tejas" becomes not only a literary showcase, but also a cultural and historical narrative both for those familiar with Texas Mexicans and for outsiders. "Hecho en Tejas" is a mosaic portrait of the community, the land and its history, its peoples sorrows and joys, anger and humor and pride, what has been assimilated and what will not be.

Dagoberto Gilb is an author and professor at Southwest Texas State University. He was schooled at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his M. A. He contributes to Fresh Air, a National Public Radio program. Gilb was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. He was awarded the 1994 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for the short story collection, The Magic Blood. Gilb's novel, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuna, was named a Notable Book in the New York Times.

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