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  1. Junot Díaz : on the half-life of love

    Saldívar, José David
    Durham : Duke University Press, 2022.

    "José David Saldivar's Junot Díaz is a literary study that takes a prismatic approach to the works and life of the Afro-Latino artist. Saldivar carefully traces the various themes and life events that influenced Díaz's writing-from childhood trauma to immigrant life to unusual writing processes. While this project is invested in telling the story of Díaz as a writer, an intellectual, and an activist, it is also a long reading of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (2007). Because of its monumental impact on the course of US Latinx literature and new way of envisioning the decolonial world, Saldivar takes this novel as the heart of Díaz's oeuvre. Saldivar highlights the novel's germination, its connections with other critiques of colonialism, and its importance to understanding Díaz's fiction more generally."--In Junot Diaz: On the Half-Life of Love, Jose David Saldivar offers a critical examination of one of the leading American writers of his generation. He explores Diaz's imaginative work and the diasporic and immigrant world he inhabits, showing how his influences converged in his fiction and how his writing-especially his Pulitzer Prize--winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao-radically changed the course of US Latinx literature and created a new way of viewing the decolonial world. Saldivar examines several aspects of Diaz's career, from his vexed relationship to the literary aesthetics of Whiteness that dominated his MFA experience and his critiques of the colonialities of power, race, and gender in culture and societies of the Dominican Republic, United States, and the Americas to his use of the science-fiction imaginary to explore the capitalist zombification of our planet. Throughout, Saldivar shows how Diaz's works exemplify the literary currents of the early twenty-first century.

    Online Duke University Press

  2. Border matters : remapping American cultural studies

    Saldívar, José David
    Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997.

    "Border Matters" locates the study of Chicano culture in a broad social context. The author examines issues of representation and expression in a diverse assortment of texts - "corridas", novels, poems, short stories, punk and hip-hop music, ethnography, paintings, performance, art and essays. Saldivar provides a sophisticated model for a new kind of US cultural studies, one that seeks to challenge the homogeneity of US nationalism and popular culture by foregrounding the contemporary experiences and historical circumstances facing Chicanos and Chicanas. This study applies borderlands and diaspora theory to Chicano cultural practices in a way that seeks to change understanding of both the Chicano experience and the meaning of cultural theory. The author argues that the culture of the borderlands is transitional, constituting a social space in which new relations, hybrid cultures, and multi-voiced aesthetics are negotioted. The author's critical readings treat culture a social force and reveal the presence of social contexts within cultural texts.

  3. Trans-Americanity [electronic resource] : subaltern modernities, global coloniality, and the cultures of greater Mexico

    Saldívar, José David
    Durham : Duke University Press, 2012.

    A founder of U.S.-Mexico border studies, Jose David Saldivar is a leading figure in efforts to expand the scope of American studies. In Trans-Americanity, he advances that critical project by arguing for a transnational, antinational, and "outernational" paradigm for American studies. Saldivar urges Americanists to adopt a world-system scale of analysis. "Americanity as a Concept, " an essay by the Peruvian sociologist Anibal Quijano and Immanuel Wallerstein, the architect of world-systems analysis, serves as a theoretical touchstone for Trans-Americanity. In conversation not only with Quijano and Wallerstein, but also with the theorists Gloria Anzaldua, John Beverley, Ranajit Guha, Walter D. Mignolo, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Saldivar explores questions of the subaltern and the coloniality of power, emphasizing their location within postcolonial studies. Analyzing the work of Jose Marti, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy, and many other writers, he addresses concerns such as the "unspeakable" in subalternized African American, U.S. Latino and Latina, Cuban, and South Asian literature; the rhetorical form of postcolonial narratives; and constructions of subalternized identities. In Trans-Americanity, Saldivar demonstrates and makes the case for Americanist critique based on a globalized study of the Americas.

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