Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies
Aztlán presents original research that is relevant to or informed by the Chicano experience. An interdisciplinary, double-blind peer-reviewed journal, Aztlán focuses on scholarly essays in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, supplemented by thematic pieces in the dossier section, an artist's communiqué, a review section, and a commentary by the editor, Charlene Villaseñor Black. Aztlán seeks ways to bring Chicano studies into critical dialogue with Latino, ethnic, American, and global studies.
Aztlán has been the leading journal in the field of Chicanx studies since 1970. Aztlán is issued twice a year.
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Volume 45, Number 2
The essay section of Aztlán’s fall 2020 issue begins with an analysis of the public rhetoric of Donald Trump that documents the president’s racist statements about immigrants and Latinos. The following two essays consider how literary strategies challenge established frameworks and preconceived binaries in the work of novelists Ana Castillo and Tómas Rivera. The essay section concludes with a look at Mexican American masculinities in the reality TV show Los Cowboys. A research note on everyday objects found in one of the CSRC's special collections shows how such objects can illuminate the emotional lives of their owners.
The dossier section, curated by Rafael Pérez-Torres, focuses on the temporality of Latinx and Chicanx studies. Pérez-Torres notes that the dossier’s authors “envision the field in response to the spread of repressive practices and policies across many sectors of local and national governance” through writings that are characterized by “their sparkling intensity, their painful honesty, and—at moments—their sparking fury.”
Antonio Bernal, whose mural in Del Rey, California, is considered one of the earliest of the Chicano art movement, is featured in the artist’s communiqué and on the cover.
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