In recent decades, Chicana/o literary and cultural productions have dramatically shifted from a nationalist movement that emphasized unity to one that openly celebrates diverse experiences. Charting this transformation, "Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture" looks to the late 1970s, during a resurgence of global culture, as a crucial turning point whose reverberations in twenty-first-century late capitalism have been profound. Arguing for a post-nationalism that documents the radical politics and aesthetic processes of the past while embracing contemporary cultural and socio-political expressions among Chicana/o peoples, Hernandez links the multiple forces at play in these interactions. Reconfiguring text-based analysis, she looks at the comparative development of movements within women's rights and LGBTQI activist circles. Incorporating economic influences, this unique trajectory leads to a new conception of border studies as well, rethinking the effects of a restructured masculinity as a symbol of national cultural transformation.
Ultimately positing that globalization has enhanced the emergence of new Chicana/o identities, Hernandez cultivates important new understandings of borderlands identities and post-nationalism itself.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction; 1. Postnationalism: Encountering the Global; 2. Idealized Pasts: Discourses on Chicana Postnationalism; 3. Cultural Borderlands: The Limits of National Citizenship; 4. Chicana/o Fashion Codes: The Political Significance of Style; 5. Performativity in the Chicana/o Autobiography; 6. Denationalizing Chicana/o Queer Representations; Conclusion Notes; Bibliography; Index