This book explores the cultural and historical imaginary expressed in literary works that emphasize Latina/o world views. The essays here employ critical approaches based on discourse and cultural analyses that highlight individual and collective identity. They encompass a wide spectrum of topics that deal with border newspapers published early in the twentieth century and their function as a forum for conserving memory based on cultural values and religious beliefs; life writing and fictional rewritings of memory; autobiographical texts that emphasize the diasporic experience of immigrants; and the essay and the poetic/visual literary forms that recover border memory. The discussion of alternative life views presented here will be of interest to academics involved in the recovery of print culture and genre specialists in the area of autobiography, as well as readers who wish to become more familiar with literature from the US-Mexico border region.
Donna M. Kabalen de Bichara holds a PhD in Humanities Studies and a MEd from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, where she is currently a Research Professor. She received her BA in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University, USA. She is an appointed member of the advisory board of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and is a member of the prestigious Sistema Nacional de Investigadores/National System of Researchers, Level I. Her research centers on the recovery of Hispanic print culture, border literature, and autobiographical narratives of Mexican American writers. Her most recent publications include "La pluralidad de dialogos en La Frontera de cristal, de Carlos Fuentes" in SIGNA: Revista de la Asociacion Espanola de Semiotica (2016); Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Volume IX (2014); and Telling Border Life Stories: Four Mexican American Women Writers (2013).