By Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak
Via a sequence of interviews with 9 acclaimed authors, Conversations with Mexican American Writers explores the languages and literature of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as a confluence of social, cultural, old, and political forces. of their conversations, those authors speak about their linguistic offerings in the context of language guidelines and language attitudes within the usa, in addition to the East Coast publishing industry's mandates.The interviews exhibit the cultural and geographical marginalization continued by means of Mexican American writers, whose voices are muted simply because they produce literature from the remotest components of the rustic and approximately humans at the social fringes. Out of those interviews emerges a portrait of the borderlands as a dynamic house of foreign trade, one who is located and will basically be understood totally inside of an international context.
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New York: W. W. Norton, 1996), 131. -Mexico borderlands. ” 1 As an educator in San Antonio, Texas, she is invested in encouraging her students to make connections to their cultures, histories, and languages. She shares with them her insight that an awareness of the discontinuities of life in the borderlands—the Catholicism, the educational system, the physical and psychological mestizaje, patriarchal dominance, and gender roles—may serve as the springboard for their writing and lead to better self-expression and increased interpersonal understanding.
So they were very afraid that Mexico, this huge papist power, would be at its back. They could see that the war between the states was coming, and Mexico would not be the first to abandon slavery—look at what they were doing to the Indians! At this time, three-fourths of the Mexican army was comprised of Indian tribes. So the “foreign-born” couldn’t bring themselves to loot the Catholic churches. There were two kinds of volunteers: they were either against the papists or they came to loot the papist gold from the churches.
EMJ: You said that this is the story of Victor, whereas to me nine-year-old Andrea was in the foreground because she is such an interesting and unusual female character, not only pushing the limits of acceptable behavior but clearly transgressing them; she’s so insistent on pursuing her own ideas and meddling with other people’s affairs. MF: To me it’s the story of Victor. That’s what I’m doing, I’m healing myself by writing about Victor, and I refused to change his name. Now when does Victor earn his name?
Conversations with Mexican American Writers: Languages and Literatures in the Borderlands by Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak