By John-Michael Rivera
Offers an eloquent and compelling account of nineteenth and twentieth century cultural production-one that resituates Mexicanos at the center of thinking about U.S. nation-making during the nineteenth century and beyond.... This stunning new text promises to reshape literary and theoretical work in American Studies. -Mary Pat Brady, author of Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographics: Chicana Literature and the Urgency of Space Discussions of Latino cultural citizenship and public culture have a distinguished and stimulating lineage in the work of major figures such as Renato Rosaldo, Rina Benmayour, and William Flores. With his new book that introduces literary history into the discussion, we must now add the name of John-Michael Rivera. -Jos? E. Lim'n, author of American Encounters: Greater Mexico, the United States, and the Erotics of Culture In The Emergence of Mexican America, John-Michael Rivera examines the cultural, political, and legal representations of Mexican Americans and the development of US capitalism and nationhood. Beginning with the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848 and continuing through the period of mass repatriation of US Mexican laborers in 1939, Rivera examines both Mexican-American and Anglo-American cultural production in order to tease out the complexities of the so-called Mexican question. Using historical and archival materials, Rivera's wide-ranging objects of inquiry include fiction, non-fiction, essays, treaties, legal materials, political speeches, magazines, articles, cartoons, and advertisements created by both Mexicans and Anglo Americans. Engaging and methodologically venturesome, Rivera's study is a crucial contribution to Chicano/Latino Studies and fields of cultural studies, history, government, anthropology, and literary studies.