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By Norman Mailer

ISBN-10: 0812985974

ISBN-13: 9780812985979

During this wild battering ram of a unique, which was once initially released to monstrous controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a personality who may be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he may later profile within the Executioner's track. As Stephen Rojack, a embellished warfare hero and previous congressman who murders his spouse in a modern long island urban high-rise, runs amok throughout the urban during which he was a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to bare an international of natural urge for food and constant cruelty. One half Nietzsche, one half de Sade, and one half Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader through the throat and refuses to enable move.

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AUTOMITOGRAFÍA 29 Those principles could be seen in some of the most original feminist automitografias of the late 1980s and 1990s, emphasizing fronterista identities as a positive experience of community, liminality, and as an opportunity to produce and build a new feminist subject. However, as mentioned by Norma Klahn, it is during these two decades that we see a rise of “autobiographical fictions and the ways this narration of self constitutes a genre that takes on specific characteristics as practiced in House on Mango Street (1984), Norma Cantú’s Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera (1995), Mary Helen Ponce in Hoyt Street (1993), and Pat Mora in House of Houses (1997)” (116).

In this context, self-representation becomes not only political intervention but also a tool for the rewriting of a new cognitive map that takes us beyond soft, aestheticized notions of borders, and beyond the nineteenth century’s politics of incarceration. Genaro Padilla, referring to Mexican-American autobiographies, notes the importance of challenging traditional memoirs as a product of the liberal politics of confession and sympathy, and the need to transcend the “imprisoned autobiographic discourse” found in nineteenth-century autobiographical texts.

Sandra Cisneros’s A House of My Own: Stories from My Life, and Pat Mora’s autobiographical work A House of Houses, re-create a similar mito as their family’s and their own experiences are embedded in the metaphor of the body-house: “Through generations, sun, wind, rain, hands, voices, and dreams create and alter this place pregnant with possibilities in a landscape as familiar to me as my body. ” (Mora 4). As these “bodies” resist liberal attempts to reduce their work to nineteenth-century acts of confession, mito becomes the transcending element from which automitografía voices a self that rewrites postcolonial trauma and internal colonialism: I am possessed by a vision: that we Chicanas and Chicanos have taken back or uncovered our true faces, our dignity and self-respect … I acknowledge that the self and the race have been wounded.

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