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As the descendants of Mexican immigrants have settled throughout the United States, a great literature has emerged, but its correspondances with the literature of Mexico have gone largely unobserved. In Bordering Fires, the first anthology to combine writing from both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, Cristina Garc’a presents a richly diverse cross-cultural conversation. B As the descendants of Mexican immigrants have settled throughout the United States, a great literature has emerged, but its correspondances with the literature of Mexico have gone largely unobserved. In Bordering Fires, the first anthology to combine writing from both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, Cristina Garc’a presents a richly diverse cross-cultural conversation. Beginning with Mexican masters such as Alfonso Reyes and Juan Rulfo, Garc’a highlights historic voices such as “the godfather of Chicano literature” Rudolfo Anaya, and Gloria Anzaldœa, who made a powerful case for language that reflects bicultural experience. From the fierce evocations of Chicano reality in Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Poem IX to the breathtaking images of identity in Coral Bracho’s poem “Fish of Fleeting Skin,” from the work of Carlos Fuentes to Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo to Octavio Paz, this landmark collection of fiction, essays, and poetry offers an exhilarating new vantage point on our continent–and on the best of contemporary literature. Contents Prelude: Excerpt from The use of thought / Samuel Ramos Early influences: Major Aranda's hand / Alfonso Reyes My cousin Agueda, and In the wet shadows / Ramón López Velarde Excerpt from Pedro Páramo / Juan Rulfo L.A. nocturne : the angels / Xavier Villaurrutia Chicano/a voices I: How to tame a wild tongue / Gloria Anzaldúa India / Richard Rodriguez Meditations on the South Valley: Poem IX / Jimmy Santiago Baca B. Traven is alive and well in Cuernavaca / Rudolfo Anaya Contemporary Mexican voices: Excerpt from The death of Artemio Cruz / Carlos Fuentes Introduction from Here's to you, Jesusa! / Elena Poniatowska The day of the dead, and I speak of the city / Octavio Paz Excerpt from The book of lamentations / Rosario Castellanos Chicano/a voices 2: Daddy with Chesterfields in a rolled up sleeve / Ana Castillo Never marry a Mexican / Sandra Cisneros Maria de Covina / Dagoberto Gilb Excerpt from Crossing over : a Mexican family on the migrant trail / Rubén Martínez New departures: Hagiography of the apostate / Ignacio Padilla Aunt Leonor, and Aunt Natalia / Ángeles Mastretta Identity hour or, What photos would you take of the endless city / Carlos Monsiváis Fish of fleeting skin / Coral Bracho


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As the descendants of Mexican immigrants have settled throughout the United States, a great literature has emerged, but its correspondances with the literature of Mexico have gone largely unobserved. In Bordering Fires, the first anthology to combine writing from both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, Cristina Garc’a presents a richly diverse cross-cultural conversation. B As the descendants of Mexican immigrants have settled throughout the United States, a great literature has emerged, but its correspondances with the literature of Mexico have gone largely unobserved. In Bordering Fires, the first anthology to combine writing from both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, Cristina Garc’a presents a richly diverse cross-cultural conversation. Beginning with Mexican masters such as Alfonso Reyes and Juan Rulfo, Garc’a highlights historic voices such as “the godfather of Chicano literature” Rudolfo Anaya, and Gloria Anzaldœa, who made a powerful case for language that reflects bicultural experience. From the fierce evocations of Chicano reality in Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Poem IX to the breathtaking images of identity in Coral Bracho’s poem “Fish of Fleeting Skin,” from the work of Carlos Fuentes to Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo to Octavio Paz, this landmark collection of fiction, essays, and poetry offers an exhilarating new vantage point on our continent–and on the best of contemporary literature. Contents Prelude: Excerpt from The use of thought / Samuel Ramos Early influences: Major Aranda's hand / Alfonso Reyes My cousin Agueda, and In the wet shadows / Ramón López Velarde Excerpt from Pedro Páramo / Juan Rulfo L.A. nocturne : the angels / Xavier Villaurrutia Chicano/a voices I: How to tame a wild tongue / Gloria Anzaldúa India / Richard Rodriguez Meditations on the South Valley: Poem IX / Jimmy Santiago Baca B. Traven is alive and well in Cuernavaca / Rudolfo Anaya Contemporary Mexican voices: Excerpt from The death of Artemio Cruz / Carlos Fuentes Introduction from Here's to you, Jesusa! / Elena Poniatowska The day of the dead, and I speak of the city / Octavio Paz Excerpt from The book of lamentations / Rosario Castellanos Chicano/a voices 2: Daddy with Chesterfields in a rolled up sleeve / Ana Castillo Never marry a Mexican / Sandra Cisneros Maria de Covina / Dagoberto Gilb Excerpt from Crossing over : a Mexican family on the migrant trail / Rubén Martínez New departures: Hagiography of the apostate / Ignacio Padilla Aunt Leonor, and Aunt Natalia / Ángeles Mastretta Identity hour or, What photos would you take of the endless city / Carlos Monsiváis Fish of fleeting skin / Coral Bracho

30 review for Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicana and Chicano Literature

  1. 4 out of 5

    Allison Wonderland

    The chapter "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" by Gloria Anzaldua was fascinating. It indirectly explained why in the movie Napoleon Dynamite the Mexican guy who drove Napoleon to the dance says "Simon" when asked if he's "Pedro's cousin with all the sweet hook-ups." Originally, it seemed like an odd response, but now I know that simon means yes in the Pachuco dialect of Chicano Spanish. It's probably nothing you'd ever learn taking high school or college Spanish, because it is slang, but that's why I The chapter "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" by Gloria Anzaldua was fascinating. It indirectly explained why in the movie Napoleon Dynamite the Mexican guy who drove Napoleon to the dance says "Simon" when asked if he's "Pedro's cousin with all the sweet hook-ups." Originally, it seemed like an odd response, but now I know that simon means yes in the Pachuco dialect of Chicano Spanish. It's probably nothing you'd ever learn taking high school or college Spanish, because it is slang, but that's why I really liked this chapter. (I have more to write about this book, but I don't have time right now. More later.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    860.80972 B728 2006

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I knew going into it that it only contained samples of writing... But I was left wanting more! So my reading list grows ;)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Imelda

    La única razón por la que le di cuatro estrellas es porque incluyeron un ensayo del insufrible acomplejado de Richard Rodríguez. No leí su ensayo. Me niego rotundamente a desperdiciar ni un segundo de mi vida leyendo las tonterías que escribe Rodríguez. De ahí en fuera todo muy bien, todos los otros autores son tremendamente buenos.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethtub

    This book was a mix of absolutely fantastic pieces and some bland trudging ones. The strong pieces are so great it's worth the few misses inside. Beautifully lingual (about language) through beautiful language and imagery. This book was a mix of absolutely fantastic pieces and some bland trudging ones. The strong pieces are so great it's worth the few misses inside. Beautifully lingual (about language) through beautiful language and imagery.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rafael

    Outstanding chapters: Major Aranda's Hand The Use of Thought How to Tame a Wild Tongue Maria de Covina Hagiography of the Apostate Outstanding chapters: Major Aranda's Hand The Use of Thought How to Tame a Wild Tongue Maria de Covina Hagiography of the Apostate

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    What a comprehensive collection of perspectives.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ezra

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  11. 4 out of 5

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Alistair Hunter

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Torres-Guimarães

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

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    Elmhogar

  19. 4 out of 5

    xicana209

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bowie Rowan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily Felsen

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