Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographies: Chicana Literature and the Urgency of Space (Latin America Otherwise) (Paperback)

Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographies: Chicana Literature and the Urgency of Space (Latin America Otherwise) By Mary Pat Brady Cover Image
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A train station becomes a police station; lands held sacred by Apaches and Mexicanos are turned into commercial and residential zones; freeway construction hollows out a community; a rancho becomes a retirement community--these are the kinds of spatial transformations that concern Mary Pat Brady in Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographies, a book bringing together Chicana feminism, cultural geography, and literary theory to analyze an unusual mix of Chicana texts through the concept of space. Beginning with nineteenth-century short stories and essays and concluding with contemporary fiction, this book reveals how Chicana literature offers a valuable theoretics of space.

The history of the American Southwest in large part entails the transformation of lived, embodied space into zones of police surveillance, warehouse districts, highway interchanges, and shopping malls--a movement that Chicana writers have contested from its inception. Brady examines this long-standing engagement with space, first in the work of early newspaper essayists and fiction writers who opposed Anglo characterizations of Northern Sonora that were highly detrimental to Mexican Americans, and then in the work of authors who explore border crossing. Through the writing of Sandra Cisneros, Cherr e Moraga, Terri de la Pe a, Norma Cant , Monserrat Fontes, Gloria Anzald a, and others, Brady shows how categories such as race, gender, and sexuality are spatially enacted and created--and made to appear natural and unyielding. In a spatial critique of the war on drugs, she reveals how scale--the process by which space is divided, organized, and categorized--has become a crucial tool in the management and policing of the narcotics economy.

About the Author

Mary Pat Brady is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780822329749
ISBN-10: 0822329743
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2002
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Latin America Otherwise