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On LatinidadU.S. Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity$
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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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Imagining Identity/Seeing Difference

Imagining Identity/Seeing Difference

Demetria Martínez's Mother Tongue

(p.196) 7 Imagining Identity/Seeing Difference
On Latinidad

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the novel Mother Tongue, which was written by Demetria Martinez. It looks at how the novel tropes on the primordial category of a common language as a cultural unifier in order to disrupt the assumption of an essential Latino identity. It also shows that the novel substitutes a vision of a U.S. Latino/Latina identity based not on essential sameness, but on a carefully forged political solidarity.

Keywords:   Mother Tongue, Demetria Martinez, common language, cultural unifier, essential Latino identity, political solidarity, essential sameness

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