Tejas Foco Highlight: Gang-Related Narratives and the Irony Employed in Contemporary Chican@ Literatureby Tony Diaz on 01/30/15
Tejas Foco Highlight:
Student Panel Track-
2015 NACCS Tejas Foco Conference
Lone Star College-North Harris
Feb. 26-28, 2015
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, a collection of poems and short “fictional” pieces by young folks; Virginia Grise’s play ; Ana Castillo’s novel ; and Helena María Viramontes’ novel . These works involve narratives about youth whose lives for the most part, but not entirely, have fallen on hard times. Not all these youth are Mexican American, as a few are Mexican nationals tied to family here in the US. These Chican@ writers explore themes covering gang-related narratives long receiving a great deal of attention in movies and television media productions but which overlook important aspects of Mexican American life.
The panelists will show how these works counter stereotypes by showing ironic dimensions about the lives of the youth they portray and which complicate their narratives in significant ways. Panelists analyze these works to show how these authors deliver messages complicating stereotypes commonly held about Mexican Americans and Mexicans.
Panelists all come from Texas State UniversityAdriana Requejo
Chair: Jaime Armin Mejia, Ph.D