To walk with giants: a collection of short fiction and poetry

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Title: To walk with giants: a collection of short fiction and poetry
Author: Valdez, Reynaldo Alexander
Abstract: My thesis is a collection of my own original poetry and short fiction written as a kind of response to Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself ." Instead of having Whitman continue to represent me through his poem , I wish to represent myself through my own poetry . I attempted to create a new kind of fiction and poetry from the perspective of a Hispanic who has less of a tie to Mexico or the homeland and more of the cultural influences of the United States . Instead of focusing on differences between myself and the dominant culture , I attempted to discuss in chapter II my philosophy concerning subjects such as ; war , religion , time and space , and society . In chapter III , I tried to reconcile various cultural mythologies as the United States does not have a single shared mythology . And in chapter IV I gave my own predictions of the future based on personal observation . My twofold goal of this collection was to one , demonstrate that Hispanic writers are capable of more than lamenting their shared past . And two , to challenge the notion that anything besides a disenfranchisement narrative is "inauthentic" and renders me a poor writer of Hispanic literature . I believe it is up to the reader to decide whether I have accomplished these goals .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -3166
Date: 2009-05-15

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To walk with giants: a collection of short fiction and poetry. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -3166 .

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