Are Pachucos Subalterns?: Crime, Liminality, and the Uncanny in Early Chicano Literature
Paco Martín del Campo
UC Berkeley, US
Paco Martín del Campo is a PhD candidate in the History Department at UC Berkeley. His dissertation studies labor organizers, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, and radical politics in the Southwest from 1919 until 1952
This article studies the novels of Daniel Venegas, Jovita González, and Américo Paredes that they wrote between 1928-1938. Indigeneity, marriage, liminality, and volition are major themes in the works of each author, all of which analyze the state of Chicanos in the Southwest during the first decades after the Mexican Revolution. While their plots and characters differ, they are all rooted in the conflict between First Nations and colonial settlers and had to grapple with the existence of pachucos. Because it was necessary for pachucos and pachucas to mediate between their Mexican-born relatives and Euro-Americans, they best represented the state of Mexican America during that era.
How to Cite:
Martín del Campo, P., 2017. Are Pachucos Subalterns?: Crime, Liminality, and the Uncanny in Early Chicano Literature. Latin American Literary Review, 44(88). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.26