“Jasón's Indian”

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

in On Latinidad

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030838
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039213 | DOI:
“Jasón's Indian”

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This chapter discusses and argues that Rudolfo Anaya, in his classic Chicano novel, is actually concerned with portraying an earlier moment of New Mexican history. This was when the New Mexicans of Mexican heritage were engaged in a project of constructing ethnicity by claiming whiteness and Spanish descent. The novel discussed here also suggestively invokes the cultural pressures that propelled the denial of Indian heritage, and it structurally mirrors these pressures by suppressing issues of Native American heritage.

Keywords: Rudolfo Anaya; New Mexican history; Mexican heritage; ethnicity; cultural pressures; Indian heritage; denial; suppressing issues

Chapter.  5586 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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