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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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On Latinidad

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

University Press of Florida

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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