The Dissolution of the Mexican-American Border and Redefinition of Chicano/a /Mexican Identity in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead

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In Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, notions of Mexican identity are deconstructed. This article analyzes how Silko, through a variety of characters and sub-plotlines, brings to the surface hidden tensions in the contsruction of Mexican identity through the melding of the sangre limpia of the conquering Spanish and the subjugated indigenous peoples of Mexico. It explores the implications of apocolyptic consequences of a reawakening of indigenous identity among Mexicans living on both sides of the Mexican-US border.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBorderline Identities in Chicano Culture
EditorsMichele Bottalico, Salah el Moncef bin Khalifa
Number of pages18
Place of publicationVenice
PublisherMazzanti Editori srl
Publication year2006
Pages153-170
ISBN (print)88-88114-98-X
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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