Notes: 192 pages. The first of many reprints of this collection of reminiscences on the culture and history of Spanish New Mexico written by an early Chicana writer.
This book has a troubled history with Chicano scholars because class issues. Otero was a well-off New Mexican from a prominent family (her cousin Miguel Antonio Otero was territorial governor) and a writer seemingly comforatable with Anglo culture. Margaret García Davidson notes, writing about both Oteros, "These two writers stand at the margins of Mexican-American literary history, their works ignored, dismissed, or distorted." Yet she argues that by dismissing them, "Chicano literary critics have failed to recover the works on their own terms and have, in effect, dictated Chicano theory."
In addition to her general argument that Old Spain needs to be read on its own terms, Davidson points out that Nina Otero's account of the Penitentes offers one of the earliest Mexican American views on the distinctively Mexican American religious group.
Edition + Condition: Very good in the publisher's red morocco binding with red marbled endpapers; with significant surface scuffing to back cover. Opposite the title page is a handwritten note in red ink, "one of ten copies in full red morocco." Obviously, an scarce issue of this book.
Publication: Chicago: Rio Grande Press, 1962.
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