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Session 5 Cultural Studies: Ishmael Reed and Graciela Limón - - Authors and Literary Works

Author: Ishmael Reed
Work: "Railroad Bill, A Conjure Man"
Author: Graciela Limón
Work: Erased Faces

 

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Graciela Limón

Graciela Limón is a singular voice in contemporary American Hispanic literature. A Mexican American writer, Limón was born in Los Angeles and earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in Spanish American literature. She has written five novels, each filled with erudite historical and anthropological insights.

Limón's work combines complex historical and anthropological reflections with a potent empathic, emotional perspective. Her novels explore Mexican cultural heritage, focusing on the world of Mexicans and Mexican Americans, and are peopled with characters grappling with issues of cultural and personal identity, sexual autonomy, and interracial love.

Limón's work has created a dialogue about issues that have long been ignored. As scholar Ellen McCracken writes: "Limón's five novels represent one of the most important contributions to the renaissance of Chicana fiction in the United States in the late 1980s and [the] 1990s. Her work is situated in a transborder experience of the Americas in which the women and men of Central America, Mexico, and Los Angeles come together in political and gender struggles, re-examine their historical past, and narratively employ their future."

Limón's first novel, In Search of Bernabé, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1993 and received a 1994 American Book Award. Her following four novels, The Memories of Ana Calderón, Song of the Hummingbird, The Day of The Moon, and Erased Faces, have all received wide critical acclaim as well. A current resident of San Bernadino, California, Limón has recently retired from the faculty at Loyola Marymount University, where she taught U.S. Hispanic Literature and chaired the Department of Chicano Studies.

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