In Domestic Disturbances, Irene Mata dispels the myth of the "shining city on the hill" and reveals the central truth of hidden exploitation that underlies the great majority of Chicana/Latina immigrant stories. Influenced by the works of Latina cultural producers and the growing interdisciplinary field of scholarship on gender, immigration, and labor, Domestic Disturbances suggests a new framework for looking at these immigrant and migrant stories, not as a continuation of a literary tradition, but instead as a specific Latina genealogy of immigrant narratives that more closely engage with the contemporary conditions of immigration. Through examination of multiple genres including film, theatre, and art, as well as current civil rights movements such as the mobilization around the DREAM Act, Mata illustrates the prevalence of the immigrant narrative in popular culture and the oppositional possibilities of alternative stories.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)|
About the Author
IRENE MATA is Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses in Chicana/Latina literature and culture.
Table of Contents
Chapter One. Dream a Little American Dream: A Traditional Story-Book Romance
Chapter Two. Cleaning Up After the National Family, and What a Mess They Make
Chapter Three. Laboring Bodies, Laboring Spaces in theHospitality Industry
Chapter Four. Calling All Superheroes: Recasting the Immigrant Subject
Conclusion. Resistance: A Growing Movement
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