Last week, Manuel Ramos posted an encouraging list of books about the Chicano Movement. Most cool seeing all these Chicana Chicano academics getting published. Better still, seeing some of them doing interesting research, professing to successive generations of students. I hope the compilation can be seen as an indicator of an increasing raza presence in the academy.
Back in 2002,Armando Navarro, joined a “writer’s panel” held with the 32nd Observance of the Chicano Moratorium. Here, Navarro holds up his La Raza Unida Party : a Chicano challenge to the U.S. two-party dictatorship.
The moderator, in black t-shirt, is Ralph "Rafas" Urbino-Lopez, editor of the movimiento cultural magazine, Con Safos. Rafas and friends are about to launch a blog version of C/S. The panel included Mario T. Garia, Jesus Treviño, Ernesto Vigil, Armando Morales, Raul Ruiz.
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In addition to these journalism, history, political science, publications, the movimiento has had a few moments in Chicana Chicano fiction. Lovers of war literature will enjoy Chicano fiction about the Vietnam war. There is some particularly effective work here. Back in 2002, I wrote up a bibliographic essay of sorts that featured Stella Pope Duarte's Let Their Spirits Dance, the first Chicana novel of Vietnam, and also the first novel about el movimiento. The first Chicana to write about Vietnam, Duarte is also the first novelist to feature movimiento organizing. If you navigate to Read! Raza to read the Duarte review, I hope you'll share your own reactions here. Let Their Spirits Dance evokes some strong opinions from some readers.
Here are titles, with ISBN data so your library can order a copy for you, of movimiento work by Chicana Chicano writers. I list books that have a little, or a lot, or only tangentially to do with the movement or related topics.
What are some other Chicana Chicano novels or stories of el movimiento?
Chicana Chicano Vietnam and movement novels.
Duarte, Stella Pope. Let Their Spirits Dance. NY: Harper Collins, 2002. ISBN 0-06-018637-2.
Santana, Patricia. Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility. Albuquerque, 2002. ISBN0-8263-2435-5.
Corpi, Lucha. Eulogy for a Brown Angel: A Mystery Novel. Arte Publico. 2002. ISBN: 1558853561
Ramos, Manuel. Moony's Road to Hell. University of New Mexico Press. 2002. ISBN: 0826329497.
Ramos, Manuel. Blues for the Buffalo. iUniverse.com. 2001. ISBN: 0595200664
(Ramos' Luis Montez character regularly brings up his movimiento experience; the Moony characters echo the era).
Alfredo Vea. Gods Go Begging. E P Dutton. 1999. ASIN: 052594513X.
Ramirez, Juan A. A Patriot After All: The Story of a Chicano in Vietnam. University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
ISBN: 0826319599. ( You can read this as a free trial subscription at http://www.questia.com/aboutQuestia/eventsg.html)
Rodriguez, Michael W. Humidity Moon. Pecan Grove Press. 1998. ISBN: 1877603546 (Some list this as nonfiction.)
Vazquez, Diego, Jr. Growing Through the Ugly: A Novel. Henry Holt. 1998. (Narrator is voice of dead Chicano soldier. Not a war novel per se.) ISBN: 0805057447
Stavans, Ilan. Ed. Oscar 'Zeta' Acosta: The Uncollected Works. Arte Publico. 1996. ISBN: 1558850996.
Cano, Daniel. Shifting Loyalties. Arte Publico.1995. ISBN: 1558851445.
Trujillo, Charley. Dogs from Illusion. Chusma House. 1994. ISBN: 096245365X.
Trujillo, Charley (ed). Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam. Chusma House.1993. ISBN: 0962453609.
Garcia, Guy. Skin Deep. Farrar Straus & Giroux. 1989. ASIN: 0374265739
Acosta, Oscar Zeta. Revolt of the Cockroach People. Vintage Books. 1989 Reprint edition ISBN : 0679722122
Acosta, Oscar Zeta. The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo.Vintage Books. 1989 ISBN: 0679722130
Romano, Octavio and Herminio Rios (Eds). El Espejo: The Mirror, Selected Chicano Literature. Berkeley, Quinto Sol, 1969. The first literature anthology with "Chicano" in the title.