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"Dad, yo soy una chica americana": Migration, Identity and Language in Eduardo González Viaña's El corrido de Dante
University of Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7569-7901
2016 (English)In: CALL: Irish Journal for Culture, Arts, Literature and Language, Vol. 1, 16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focus of this article is the representation of language and identity in Hispanic immigrant literature. It provides a framework for the analysis of linguistic and cultural constructions of migrant identities in literary texts, on the basis of the exploration of the novel El Corrido de Dante, by Eduardo González Viaña. The most significant finding is that González Viaña applies linguistic homogenization in order to stress a common Hispanic identity without effacing cultural, national and ethnic differences, as these are stylistically marked by means of strategic (re)creations of different varieties of Spanish and instances of code-switching between Spanish and English (Spanglish) that require no bilingual competence. The article also sheds light on three crucial language and identity conflicts in the novel: intergenerational conflicts between undocumented migrants and their U.S.-born children; conflicts between Chicano/as and “new” Latino/as; and asymmetric power relations between Hispanics and Anglo-Americans.

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Dublin: School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology , 2016. Vol. 1, 16
Keyword [en]
Hispanic immigrant literature, code-switching, Spanglish, bilingualism, language and identity, representation, borders
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Specific Literatures General Literature Studies Specific Languages
Research subject
Humanities, Spanish literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58643DOI: 10.21427/D7MS3VOAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-58643DiVA: diva2:1052216
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Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Symposium 2011
Available from: 2016-12-05 Created: 2016-12-05 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved

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