Post-Revolutionary Chicana Literature: Memoir, Folklore, and by Sam Lopez

By Sam Lopez

This booklet examines how Chicana literature in 3 genres—memoir, folklore, and fiction—arose on the flip of the 20th century within the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. Lopez examines 3 ladies writers and highlights their contributions to Chicana writing in its earliest years in addition as their contributions to the genres during which they wrote. the ladies -- Leonor Villegas de Magn?n, Jovita Idar, and Josefina Niggli—represent 3 robust voices from which to realize a clearer figuring out of women’s lives and struggles in the course of and after the Mexican Revolution and in addition, provide awesome insights into women’s energetic roles in border existence and the revolution itself. Readers are inspired to reconsider Chicana lives, and extend their rules of "Chicana" from a subset of the Chicano move of the Nineteen Sixties to a colourful and energetic fact stretching again into the previous.

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36 Post-Revolutionary Chicana Literature [ . . ]Similarly today’s activist Chicanas can find strong historical precedent for their work in the activity of the Congreso women and La Liga Femenil Mexicanista. (Limón 99) Though the concrete effects of the Congreso are uncertain (neither La Gran Liga nor La Liga Femenil appear to have lasted very long), certainly its existence attests to a Chicana/o consciencia in Laredo, fomented by the “social milieu” and the journalistic radicalism of La Crónica and other papers.

Poetry was also quite radical for the period, including that of “La Musa Tejana,” Sara Estela Ramírez. 40 Politics of Place 37 Many of these papers exist only in parts, including the highly influential and widely read La Crónica. What is gleaned from the extant copies, as Clara Lomas notes in her introduction to The Rebel, is that the papers came about from women’s reactions to “little support but much ridicule from the [Mexican] press” and the climate for women on the border socially and politically: Although few women in the borderlands had the cultural capital required to express themselves in writing, those who did were able to create an alternative means to do so.

Several editorials found in local papers, notably La Crónica, chronicle the border racial tension throughout the early twentieth century. , Texas”), June 29; and “Por La Raza” (“For the race”), Aug 10, 1911. 18 The violence did not lessen as the century went on—new settlers and innovations in communications and transportation brought more conflict. 30 Post-Revolutionary Chicana Literature The gradual move across Texas by Anglo settlers finally reached the border town of Laredo in earnest after the American Civil War.

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