Review by Choice Review
While interest in Mexican American literature has grown in recent years, this is the first collection of interviews with exclusively Chicana writers. After providing a brief general introduction, Ikas (Univ. of Wurburg, Germany) employs skillful questioning to elicit a wealth of information from her subjects--Gloria Anzaldua, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Denise Chavez, Lucha Corpi, Jamie Lujan, Demetria Martinez, Pat Mora, Cherrie Moraga, Mary Helen Ponce, and Estela Portillo-Trambley. Although the women are from different states and represent several genres, numerous common themes emerge: family, education, teaching, bilingualism, cultural heritage and diversity, spirituality, female archetypes, literary inspiration, ecology, travel, creativity and change. Ikas supplies a photograph, background information, and bibliography for each interviewee. Recent related works include the Latina Feminist Group's Telling to Live (CH, Feb'02), Sonia Saldivar-Hull's Feminism on the Border (CH, Oct'00), and Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano's The Wounded Heart (CH, Mar'02). An excellent introduction for undergraduates and general readers and a rich resource for researchers, this book is highly recommended for all libraries. M. V. Ekstrom St. John Fisher College
Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.