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Marta Caminero-Santangelo

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030838

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030838.001.0001

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“The Pleas of the Desperate”

“The Pleas of the Desperate”

Magical Realism, Latinidad, and (or) Collective Agency in Ana Castillo's So Far From God

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(p.139) 5 “The Pleas of the Desperate”
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On Latinidad
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Marta Caminero-Santangelo

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030838.003.0006

This chapter discusses an argument in Ana Castillo's novel, So Far from God, in which she challenges the ubiquitous critical ascription of magical realism to texts by Latinos/Latinas. It also looks at the presumed connection that this implies between Chicano/Chicana writers and the Latin American Boom. The text discussed is centrally concerned with the theme of collective agency, and magical realism actually figures as a threat to empowered collectivity, rather than being a signifier of it.

Keywords:   Ana Castillo, So Far from God, magical realism, Latin American Boom, collective agency, empowered collectivity

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