Politicizing Spanish-Mexican Domesticity, Redefining Fronteras Jovita González's Caballero and Cleofas Jaramillo's Romance of a Little Village Girl marci r. mcmahon You have your beautiful homes filled with many treasures, ordered households where courtesy reigns; food of the best, served graciously. . . . I say this: Seek the Americano officials who have influence and invite them to your homes and entertainments. Show them that we have much to give them in culture, that we are not the ignorant people they take us to be, that to remain as we are will neither harm nor be a disgrace to their union of states. They are far too well acquainted with the lowest of the Mexicans and not at all with the best. Jovita González, Caballero: A Historical Romance Novel1 In this important scene of the historical romance novel Caballero,2 midtwentieth-century Tejana author and folklorist Jovita González depicts Padre Pierre, a French priest who lives in a Spanish-Mexican land-owning community in nineteenth-century rural south Texas, advising the families to gain Anglo-American sympathy and approval of Mexican presence in Texas by displaying their "Spanish" colonial homes.3 According to the priest, the elite Spanish-Mexican families should use their houses to demonstrate the
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jul 17, 2007
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