The Northern Borderlands and Latino / a Canadian Diaspora

Adams Rachel

in Continental Divides

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226005515
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226005539 | DOI:
The Northern Borderlands and Latino / a Canadian Diaspora

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This chapter focuses on Verdecchia, who situates his reflections in a decidedly Canadian context where borders have a very different resonance, and where allusions to Latino and Latin American cultures have very little resonance at all. Although his work is influenced by the art and politics of U.S. Chicano, he is wary of the tendency to conflate all Latino border cultures with the U.S.–Mexico borderlands, and the erasure of Canada from accounts of inter-American culture that focus exclusively on relations between the United States and Latin America. By introducing Canadian characters and settings, his work gives new coordinates for locating “El Norte,” while at the same time disrupting the binary between north and south with a necessary third term.

Keywords: Verdecchia; Canadian context; American culture; Latino border cultures; El Norte; boderlands

Chapter.  9387 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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