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Barrio-Logos By Raul Homero Villa

Barrio-Logos by Raul Homero Villa

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Summary

An exploration of how California Chicano/a writers, journalists, artists, activists, and musicians have used expressive culture to oppose the community-destroying forces of urban renewal programs and massive freeway development and to create and defend a sense of Chicano place-identity.

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Barrio-Logos Summary

Barrio-Logos: Space and Place in Urban Chicano Literature and Culture by Raul Homero Villa

Struggles over space and resistance to geographic displacement gave birth to much of Chicano history and culture. In this pathfinding book, Raul Villa explores how California Chicano/a activists, journalists, writers, artists, and musicians have used expressive culture to oppose the community-destroying forces of urban renewal programs and massive freeway development and to create and defend a sense of Chicano place-identity.

Villa opens with a historical overview that shows how Chicano communities and culture have grown in response to conflicts over space ever since the United States' annexation of Mexican territory in the 1840s. Then, turning to the work of contemporary members of the Chicano intelligentsia such as Helena Maria Viramontes, Ron Arias, and Lorna Dee Cervantes, Villa demonstrates how their expressive practices re-imagine and re-create the dominant urban space as a community enabling place. In doing so, he illuminates the endless interplay in which cultural texts and practices are shaped by and act upon their social and political contexts.

Barrio-Logos Reviews

Villa's work locates artistic production within its proper social and historical contexts without reducing art to an unmediated reflection of unjust social relations... This will be an important book for scholars in Chicano studies, but perhaps even more important as a model for blending cultural texts with their sociological contexts. -George Lipsitz, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

About Raul Homero Villa

Raul Homero Villa is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction. Spatial Practice and Place-Consciousness in Chicano Urban Culture
  • One. Creative Destruction: Founding Anglo Los Angeles on the Ruins of El Pueblo
  • Two. From Military-Industrial Complex to Urban-Industrial Complex: Promoting and Protesting the Supercity
  • Three. Phantoms in Urban Exile: Critical Soundings from Los Angeles' Expressway Generation
  • Four. Art against Social Death: Symbolic and Material Spaces of Chicano Cultural Re-creation
  • Five. Between Nationalism and Women's Standpoint: Lorna Dee Cervantes' Freeway Poems
  • Epilogue. Return to the Source
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Permissions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Additional information

CIN000239072
9780292787421
0292787421
Barrio-Logos: Space and Place in Urban Chicano Literature and Culture by Raul Homero Villa
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of Texas Press
20000101
286
Commended for MLA Prize 2002
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