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Triptych Cultural Critique: Fray Angelico Chavez and Southwestern Critical Regionalism, 1939-2004

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Triptych Cultural Critique: Fray Angelico Chavez and Southwestern Critical Regionalism, 1939-2004

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Title: Triptych Cultural Critique: Fray Angelico Chavez and Southwestern Critical Regionalism, 1939-2004
Author: Vizcaino-Aleman, Melina
Advisor(s): Melendez, A. Gabriel
Committee Member(s): Lubin, Alex
Schreiber, Rebecca
Gonzales, Phillip B.
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of American Studies
Subject(s): Southwestern history
Cultural studies
Regional literature
Fray Angelico Chavez
Chicana/o Studies
US Hispanic literature
Comparative literature of the American Southwest
LC Subject(s): Chavez, Angelico, 1910-1996--Criticism and interpretation
American literature--Southwest, New--History and criticism
American literature--Hispanic American authors--History and criticism
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Fray Angélico Chávez was a Franciscan priest and man of letters whose published writings span most of the twentieth century. The dissertation is a critical biography of Fray Angélico’s writing, and it uses religion as a critical lens for understanding his work in relation to a host of other Southwestern regional writers, both Anglo and Mexican American. I argue Fray Angélico’s Franciscanism fosters a mode of Southwestern critical regionalism in his writing. The main objective of this dissertation is to build and apply a comparative methodology that I call “triptych cultural critique” to understand better the different modes of regional writing about the Southwest. Fray Angélico utilized the triptych in his artwork and creative writings, so it is an aesthetic that is particular to his Franciscan personality. However, triptych cultural critique is a useful tool for anyone interested in New Mexican history, Southwestern or U.S. Hispanic literature, and Chicana/o cultural production. Fray Angélico’s work dialogues with Anglo Southwestern and Chicana/o literary canons in ways that redefine them, and so he is central to this dissertation and its focus on comparative regionalisms.
Graduation Date: May 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10915

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