GENRE XXXV - FALL/WINTER 2002 - 575-598. COPYRIGHT Â© 2003 BY THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. ALL RIGHTS OF REPRODUCTION IN ANY FORM RESERVED. GENRE Chicano/a literature, if they are mentioned at all. At the same time, more facile stereotypes, namely those related to the "vato loco" 1 paradigm, are exploited and sensationalized by popular culture and the media. My intention in this study, consequently, is to assess the status of the Chicano prison inmate and to suggest that the prison is in fact a very real territory within a Latino/a border space. In this context, I argue for a reconsideration of the early poetry of Jimmy Santiago Baca, whose work demonstrates both personal experience and political awareness of the issues surrounding this landscape. While responses to this poet's efforts have privileged later works over his initial poetic achievements, 2 his contribution to the mapping of this space is indisputable. Especially in his first volume of poetry, Immigrants in Our Own Land (1979), Baca writes, rewrites, and questions the functions and the effects of this space, thus interrogating the social relations of power and domination within this zone. I will begin with a biographical sketch of the poet, or
Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture – Duke University Press
Published: Sep 1, 2002
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