Breaking boundaries: Latina writing and critical readings by Asuncion Horno-Delgado

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Page xv ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Many people assisted directly and indirectly with the making of this book, and we wish to thank all our friends who provided love, support, and sustenance during the summer of 1987. Although it is not possible to name all those friends and colleagues who offered their time, special mention must be made of those who have helped to render this idea into a concrete reality. We owe our profound thanks to the writers and our colleagues, the contributors to this book, who, on very short notice, dropped other projects in order to participate in this one with original essays.

In contrast to the mother's messages about the need to learn English and to be educated in the system, there exist her own misgivings about the assimilation process and subsequent loss of cultural values. Regardless of a Latina writer's choice of heterosexual or lesbian relationships, more often than not a cultural conflict is epitomized in relationship to sexuality, especially for second-generation Latinas who came to maturity during the so-called sexual revolution. The act of choosing and practicing her sexuality, and then writing about it, is often perceived as either an assimilation of the Anglo-gringo way of life or a loss of Latina values and culture.

37. 13 Eliana Rivero, in reference to Chicano literature in particular, calls for these new parameters because "Chicano reality has its own signifiers as well as its Page 20 particular development of minority culture, literature and art within the context of a majority society which does not speak its language. It does not share (nor understand) its past, and to be frank, is not overly enthusiastic about giving a place to a racial group which is ethnically and 'socially' different within its privileged space," "Escritura chicana: La mujer," La Palabra 2, no.

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