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“The Pleas of the Desperate”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030838.003.0006
“The Pleas of the Desperate”

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This chapter discusses an argument in Ana Castillo's novel, So Far from God, in which she challenges the ubiquitous critical ascription of magical realism to texts by Latinos/Latinas. It also looks at the presumed connection that this implies between Chicano/Chicana writers and the Latin American Boom. The text discussed is centrally concerned with the theme of collective agency, and magical realism actually figures as a threat to empowered collectivity, rather than being a signifier of it.

Keywords: Ana Castillo; So Far from God; magical realism; Latin American Boom; collective agency; empowered collectivity

Chapter.  10331 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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