This anthology brings together twelve essays by scholars, writers, and artists reflecting on the role of the “I” in Chicano and Latino culture and the diverse ways in which personal voice and experience inform their research.
“This important book brings a deeper focus to the Quixotesque quests for identity that Chicano writers have been undertaking for generations now. Combining scholarship, testimonio, and chisme, the essays throw open a panoramic view onto mystic and fascinating landscapes of memory and imagination that will help readers envision the collective Latino self.”
-John Phillip Santos, author of Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, National Book Award finalist
“This important book will be welcomed by students of Chicano autobiography. Its first-rate essays, full of humor, pathos, and challenges to orthodoxy, well documents contemporary scholars’ search for the collective self.”
-Genaro M. Padilla, author of the landmark study My History, Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography
"This collection of essays represents an important and worthwhile contribution to the growing field of Chicano/a autobiographical and non-fiction writing. The volume brings together Chicano/a, as well as Puerto Rican and Cuban American, writers and artists who demonstrate a common interest in exploring the intersections of personal and social history. Instead of reifying Chicano/a identity into recognizable traits for the purposes of definition, this collection explodes stereotypes of a 'typical' Chicano/a experience by highlighting the internal tensions surrounding the ideological struggle to define an authentic Chicano/a experience. . ... The collection of essays concludes with a very helpful and useful bibliography of Chicano/a autobiographical and personal essays, in both English and Spanish. ...it is in many ways an ideal pedagogical tool to introduce students to the complicated nature of 'Chicano/a identity.' The range of issues explored in this collection not only highlights the diversity of the Chicano/a community, but it does so in an accessible, familiar manner. This allows for readers with different interests to take something worthwhile from the text, making it a unique and timely contribution to the field."
-Carlos Gallego, Review, Biography (March 2006)