Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment


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University of Arizona Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Priscilla Solis Ybarra is an assistant professor of Latina/o literature in the Department of English at the University of North Texas.


"Ybarra provides the sort of comprehensive consideration of the temporal, spatial, spiritual, and environmental attributes involved in the relationship between place and identity that our scholarship needs to address"--Western American Literature

"Writing the Goodlife stands out for its astute selection of Mexican American and Chicana/o texts and for its convincing claim that the environmental justice rubric that dominates ecocritical readings of such texts has further marginalized forms of cultural expression and knowledge."--American Literature

"Ybarra's stellar work is original; there is no other work like it. She has undertaken a sustained analysis of Mexican American writing as this relates to environmental issues."--María Herrera-Sobek, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy, University of California, Santa Barbara

"A valuable contribution to the field of Chicana/o ecocriticism."--Cheryll Glotfelty, co-editor of The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place

"Writing the Goodlife offers a timely, lucid, elegant and always compelling analysis of a broad swath of literature. . . It shows how tremendously important ecological and environmental thinking have been to Mexican American letters for more than a century. With this text Ybarra also creates a literary history that suggests a hitherto unrecognized tradition of ecological meditation in literary form. Writing the Goodlife broadens our understanding of Chicana literature and ecocriticism in significant new ways."--Mary Pat Brady, author of Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographies: Chicana Literature and the Urgency of Space