María Amparo Ruiz de Burton


María Amparo Ruiz de Burton

Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives

Edited by Amelia María de la Luz Montes and Anne Elizabeth Goldman

Postwestern Horizons Series

304 pages


June 2004


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About the Book

Since the recent republication of her novel The Squatter and the Don, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (1832–95) has become a key figure in the recovery of nineteenth-century Mexican American literature. An aristocratic Californiana, she championed the rights of Mexican Americans in novels, plays, and letters. Her 1885 novel called attention to the illegal appropriation of Mexican land by the United States government, and she critiqued the political mores of America after the Civil War in light of the Mexican-American war. Her keen assessment of corporate capitalism at the end of the nineteenth century, frank acknowledgment of feminine desire, and deft insights about economic realities and class relations were unique among her American peers.

Using Ruiz de Burton’s work to analyze the critical schism conventionally imposed on nineteenth-century literary culture in America, the essays in this collection also draw connections between her work and the contemporary Chicana and Chicano canons. At once richly historical and critically nuanced, these essays appraise a politically complex Mexican American writer alternately celebrated as marginalized and censured for her identification with a social elite. This volume includes a section on pedagogy that offers a discussion of teaching approaches, syllabi, discussion questions, and assignments.

Author Bio

Amelia María de la Luz Montes is an assistant professor of English and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a research fellow in the Latina/Latino studies program at the University of Illinois in Urbana–Champaign. Anne Elizabeth Goldman is an associate professor of English at Sonoma State University in California. She is the author of Continental Divides: Revisioning American Literature and Take My Word: Autobiographical Innovations of Ethnic American Working Women.


“Each essay. . . . offers valuable insight into Ruiz de Burton’s worlds of race, politics, and cultures. A long overdue secondary source, the anthology will prove to be an important guide to the writings of this significant American literary figure.”—Ella Maria Diaz, Legacy

“This anthology provides a deep and thorough analysis of Ruiz de Burton’s work from a series of multidisciplinary approaches that emphasize cross-connections among languages, genres, themes, canons, literary periods, and traditions.”—Beatriz Urraca, The Americas

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