Life Along the Border

Life Along the Border : A Landmark Tejana Thesis

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The 1929 master's thesis of folklorist, Jovita Gonzalez has served as source material on the Texas-Mexican borderlands for more than seventy-five years but has never before been published. When Gonzalez decided to pursue a master's degree in history from the University of Texas, she was already the vice-president and president-elect of the Texas Folklore Society. Despite this, she wrote a defiant master's thesis that offered a competing vision of Texas history and culture to that promoted by the "founding fathers" of Texas folklore. Her complex analysis de-emphasizes the role of the Texas Revolution in Texas history and explores the ways in which Anglos and Mexicans developed tense ties following the U.S.-Mexico War. Her approach to Texas history elegantly counters the "rhetoric of dominance" of the established historians of the American West of her time. Gonzalez's thesis is now available for the first time to a wider reading public, especially those who value a Tejana legacy that presents the borderlands as a crucible in which a new kind of identity is being formed.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 147.3 x 221 x 17.8mm | 22.68g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 1 b&w photo, 6 tables, bibliography, index
  • 1585445215
  • 9781585445219

Review quote

This study is badly needed, for as many scholars have noted, the current status of Lation/Hispanic studies in the U.S. remains bereft of specific Tejano and Mexican-American studies based in Texas. Gonzalezs thesis still stands today as a viable, important document. . .--C. Jan Swearingen, Professor of English, Texas A&M University -- C. Jan Swearingen, Professor of English, Texas A&M University "This study is badly needed, for as many scholars have noted, the current status of Lation/Hispanic studies in the U.S. remains bereft of specific Tejano and Mexican-American studies based in Texas. Gonzalez's thesis still stands today as a viable, important document. . ."--C. Jan Swearingen, Professor of English, Texas A&M University--C. Jan Swearingen, Professor of English, Texas A&M Universityshow more

About Jovita Gonzalez

JOVITA GONZALEZ, who died in 1983, is the author of Caballero, a historical novel published by Texas A&M University Press, and Dew on the Thorn. MARIA EUGENIA COTERA, who earned her Ph.D. from Stanford and now teaches at the University of Michigan, became interested in Jovita Gonzalez as a master's student at the University of Texas.show more