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By John Alba Cutler

Ends of Assimilation examines how Chicano literature imagines the stipulations and prices of cultural switch, arguing that its thematic preoccupation with assimilation illuminates the functionality of literature. John Alba Cutler indicates how mid-century sociologists complicated a version of assimilation that missed the interlinking of race, gender, and sexuality and characterised American tradition as homogeneous, reliable, and unparalleled. He demonstrates how Chicano literary works from the postwar interval to the current comprehend tradition as dynamic and self-consciously advertise literature as a medium for influencing the path of cultural swap. With unique analyses of works via canonical and noncanonical writers--from Américo Paredes, Sandra Cisneros, and Jimmy Santiago Baca to Estela Portillo Trambley, Alfredo Véa, and Patricia Santana--Ends of Assimilation calls for that we reevaluate assimilation, literature, and the very language we use to discuss culture.

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