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Latinx Literature UnboundUndoing Ethnic Expectation$
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Ralph E. Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279234

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279234.001.0001

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The Lyric, or, a Radical Singularity in Latinx Verse

The Lyric, or, a Radical Singularity in Latinx Verse

(p.98) Chapter 4 The Lyric, or, a Radical Singularity in Latinx Verse
Latinx Literature Unbound

Ralph E. Rodriguez

Fordham University Press

Latinx, especially Chicana/o and Nuyorican, poetry has long been known for its political leanings and its employment in numerous social movements, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s. At the forefront of much of this poetry has been a narrative tradition. Less well known is the lyric and experimental tradition in Latinx poetry. This chapter focuses on poetry that cannot readily be paraphrased as having a message or making a political statement. It examines poems that do not easily accord with what we understand Latinx literature to be and that do not in some transparent way represent a Latinx worldview. The lyric poetry by Eduardo Corral, Rosa Alcalá, and Amanda Calderón analyzed in this chapter strikes a dissonant chord with the tradition of narrative-driven Latinx poetry.

Keywords:   Latinx, lyric, narrative, politics, singularity

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