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Norma E. Cantú

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Transcript of Norma E. Cantú

Norma Elia Cantú
born Jan 3rd 1947 in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
raised in Laredo, Texas, USA
1973 Bachelor of Science in English and Political Science at Texas A&I University
PhD in English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1982
works as literature critic, writer and professor
represents Latinos and Latinas in goverment organizations in Washington
2016 Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University
Chicano and Cantú's Identity
Chicano as a discriminating term for Mexicans
Bracero Program, reference to title
Adapted by Mexicans in the USA, proud of cultural identity
Coming of age story, multiple identities develop in narrator: adulthood is implied
layerred narrative, so it would speak to many
Cultural trapping
Bilingual/ Bicultural aspects
Feminist aspect in narrative?
Image by Tom Mooring
Norma E. Cantú
Genre
'Canicúla' not an autobiography
Defies classification in terms of genre
Photos serve as complementary subtext
Photos bring structure to the text
bilingual/ bicultural
fragmented form
descriptive, analytical style
narrative, creative style
folkloristic style
refers to it as "creative non-fiction" or "creative autoethnography"
adulthood to come/ self reflection?
hybrid memoir?
Fact vs. Fiction
Myth of a trilogy
self depiction and community depiction
postmodernist approach
fin de siècle: bundaries have blurred
struggle to portrait reality
Critical work of fiction and ethnography
Canícula
written in the summer of 1993, while research for Mexican traditions
Published in 1995
Covers life span from birth (and some events before that) to high school time
structured in fragments; no chronological order
Photos added to some 'chapters'
written in English; sprinkled with Spanish
descriptive, intimate style of writing
Canicula = Dog Days
Laredo and Nuevo Laredo coexist as East/ West, devided by the Rio Grande/ Rio Bravo
Constant flow of people exchanging ideas
Interplay of cultures
Melting Pot?
Government to tighten the rules of crossing
both unit and bisected place
The Life On The Border
The boarder between Mexico and USA
Genre
Fact vs. Fiction
Breaking Boundaries
Canícula- Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera
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