Regions of Identity: The Construction of America in Women's Fiction, 1885-1914

By Kate McCullough | Go to book overview

4
María Amparo Ruiz de Burton's Geographies of Race, Regions of Religion

. . . by the time the little girl is twenty, she will be very rich, and people wouldn't call her Indian or nigger even if she were, which she is not . . . she will be very beautiful, as that black skin will certainly wear off.

--Dr. Norval, Who Would Have Thought It?

The majority of my best friends are Americans. Instead of hate, I feel a great attraction toward the American people. Their sentiments, their ways of thinking suit me.

--Don Mariano Alamar, The Squatter and the Don


Land, Race, and the Californios

Across the continent from Hopkins but no less imbricated in American racial discourse, Californio María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (and her fiction) might be said to be located on the faultlines of American imperialism. As a daughter of the land-owning ruler class in Mexican Alta California, Ruiz de Burton ( 1835-95) lived through the U.S. conquest of California in 1848 and the subsequent disenfranchisement of the Californios, who lost most of their land, power, and cultural capital as Anglo America rewrote the "Dons" into the role of "greasers." A victim of imperialist rescripting of both transnational relations and United States national borders, Ruiz de Burton thus had personal experience of American colonial expansion and the workings of Manifest Destiny, both of which she would explore in her fiction. Her two historical romances, Who Would Have Thought It? ( 1872) and The Squatter and the Don ( 1885), interrogate the meaning of American through a double-pronged cultural intervention aimed, first, at critiquing the historical record's account of the Californio/Mexican relationship to the United States and, second, at recasting such a relationship for the future. Such a recasting, beginning with a critique of the U.S. policies of Manifest Destiny and capitalist expansion, refigures the Californios as citizens within the cultural imaginary

-131-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Regions of Identity: The Construction of America in Women's Fiction, 1885-1914
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 366

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.