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Imagining Identity/Seeing Difference

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/9780813030838.003.0008
Imagining Identity/Seeing Difference

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This chapter discusses the novel Mother Tongue, which was written by Demetria Martinez. It looks at how the novel tropes on the primordial category of a common language as a cultural unifier in order to disrupt the assumption of an essential Latino identity. It also shows that the novel substitutes a vision of a U.S. Latino/Latina identity based not on essential sameness, but on a carefully forged political solidarity.

Keywords: Mother Tongue; Demetria Martinez; common language; cultural unifier; essential Latino identity; political solidarity; essential sameness

Chapter.  8122 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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