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Archives of DispossessionRecovering the Testimonios of Mexican American Herederas, 1848-1960$
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Karen R. Roybal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633824

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633824.001.0001

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Jovita Gonzalez Stakes a Claim in Tejas History

Jovita Gonzalez Stakes a Claim in Tejas History

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Archives of Dispossession

Karen R. Roybal

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the short story, "Shades of the Tenth Muses," the novel, Caballero: A Historical Novel, and a master's thesis – each narrative written by Tejana folklorist and author, Jovita González – to reveal how she contributed to an alternative archive about the Texas/Mexico borderlands. As a member of the Texas folklore society, González participated alongside what were considered prominent Texas folklorists and historians (mainly Anglo males) of the twentieth century, in an effort to (re)tell her own version of Tejano history. The chapter argues that González uses her literary and academic work to create an alternative archive about gender and race relations along the Texas/Mexico border in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her work contributes to an ever-growing body of Chicana/o work that recuperates Mexicana/o cultural memory.

Keywords:   cultural memory, Texas, Tejano, Jovita González, folklore, caballero, borderlands, Texas Folklore Society, Chicana/o literature, alternative archive

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