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A New Trend in Chicana Literature through the analysis of Across a Hundred Mountains

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 56(), pp.315-341
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.56..315
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : August 10, 2019
  • Accepted : September 3, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

LEE Seonghun 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper analyzes Across a Hundred Mountains written by Reyna Grande, one of the most renowned writers of Latin literature in the 2000s. Specifically, this paper focuses on the new aspects of immigrant-fiction as compared to the novel’s relevance to Chicana feminism. While the book does continue the legacy of Chicana feminism by highlighting discrimination against immigrant women, it also surpasses this aspect. This is to say that, in the backdrop of the decline in the discourse on Chicana feminism that started in the 1990s, a new way of addressing immigrant narratives is emerging. This article first analyzes the elements of Chicana feminism represented in the novel. It then exhibits the aspects that extend beyond the framework of Chicana feminism and discusses what this change represents by introducing new concepts. Through this process, the article aims to make explicit the new tendencies that are emerging in immigration-fiction which first appeared during the latter half of the 20th century. Specifically, the article appropriates the concept of ‘post-Gatekeeper border fiction’ based on the fact that the main theme of the novel centers around the trauma suffered during migrant disappearances in the post-gatekeeper period as opposed to notions of Chicana feminism. In conclusion, the novel criticizes the forcible migration policy of the U.S. and offers a different perspective on migration issues of the late 20th century through the consciousness of post-gatekeeper border fiction.

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