During the Chicano Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, the idea of Aztlán, homeland of the ancient Aztecs, served as a unifying force in an emerging cultural renaissance. Does the term remain useful? This expanded new edition of the classic 1989 collection of essays about Aztlán weighs its value. To encompass new developments in the discourse the editors have added six new essays.
About the Author
Rudolfo Anaya is the acclaimed author of Bless Me, Ultima and many other books.
Francisco A. Lomelí, a senior scholar of Chicana/o and Latin American literature, is a professor in both the Chicana/o Studies and the Spanish and Portuguese Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Author of numerous books, Enrique R. Lamadrid is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish from the University of New Mexico.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
Introduction. Revisiting the Vision of Aztlán Origins, Interpretations, and Theory vis-à-vis Fact and Fiction Francisco A. Lomeli 1
Part 1 Aztlán as Myth and Historical Conscience
Chapter 1 El plan espiritual de Aztlán 27
Chapter 2 Aztlán: A Homeland without Boundaries Rudolfo Anaya 31
Chapter 3 The Archaic, Historical, and Mythicized Dimensions of Aztlán Michael Pina 43
Chapter 4 Spanish Colonial Mapmakers and the Search for Aztlán, Teguayo, Copala, and the Siete Cuevas Joseph R Sánchez 77
Chapter 5 The Aztec Palimpsest: Toward a New Understanding of Aztlán, Cultural Identity, and History Daniel Cooper Alarcón 99
Chapter 6 Aztlán: Myth and Historic Consciousness of the Chicano People Cosme Zaragoza; Translated Francisco A. Lomelí 131
Part 2 Historicizing the Dialectics of Aztlán
Chapter 7 In Search of Aztlán Luis Leal; Translated Gladys Leal 151
Chapter 8 Myth and Reality: Observations on American Myths and the Myth of Aztlán E.A. Mares 159
Chapter 9 The Vicissitudes of Aztlán Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe 183
Chapter 10 Aztlán, Montezuma, and New Mexico: The Political Uses of American Indian Mythology Ramón A. Gutiérrez 193
Part 3 Redefining Aztlán as a Discursive Concept
Chapter 11 Refiguring Aztlán Rafael Pérez-Torres 211
Chapter 12 The Homeland, Aztlán/El otro México Gloria Anzaldúa 239
Chapter 13 Queer Aztlán: The Re-Formation of Chicano Tribe Cherríe Moraga 253
Chapter 14 Return to Aztlán: The Chicano Rediscovers His Indian Past Guillermo Lux Maurilio E. Vigil 273
Chapter 15 Aztlán, Cibola, and Frontier New Spain John R. Chávez 289
Part 4 Comparative Applications of Aztlán
Chapter 16 Myth and Comparative Cultural Nationalism: The Ideological Uses of Aztlán Genaro M. Padilla 311
Chapter 17 Aztlán, Borinquen, and Hispanic Nationalism in the United States J. Jorge Klor de Alva 333
Chapter 18 The Nativist Aztlán: Fantasies and Anxieties of Whiteness on the Border Lee Bebout 363
Chapter 19 Myth, Identity, and Struggle in Three Chicano Novels: Aztlán, Anaya, Méndez, Acosta Alustria 393
Chapter 20 ABC: Aztlán, the Borderlands, and Chicago Sergio D. Elizondo 403