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Continental DividesRemapping the Cultures of North America$
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Rachel Adams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226005515

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226005539.001.0001

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The Northern Borderlands and Latino / a Canadian Diaspora

The Northern Borderlands and Latino / a Canadian Diaspora

(p.219) Chapter Six The Northern Borderlands and Latino / a Canadian Diaspora
Continental Divides

Adams Rachel

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on Verdecchia, who situates his reflections in a decidedly Canadian context where borders have a very different resonance, and where allusions to Latino and Latin American cultures have very little resonance at all. Although his work is influenced by the art and politics of U.S. Chicano, he is wary of the tendency to conflate all Latino border cultures with the U.S.–Mexico borderlands, and the erasure of Canada from accounts of inter-American culture that focus exclusively on relations between the United States and Latin America. By introducing Canadian characters and settings, his work gives new coordinates for locating “El Norte,” while at the same time disrupting the binary between north and south with a necessary third term.

Keywords:   Verdecchia, Canadian context, American culture, Latino border cultures, El Norte, boderlands

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