When the "counter-canon” itself becomes canonized, it’s time to reload. This is the notion that animates New Border Voices, an anthology of recent and rarely seen writing by Borderlands artists from El Paso to Brownsville—and a hundred miles on either side. Challenging the assumption that borderlands writing is the privileged product of the 1970s and ’80s, the vibrant commWhen the "counter-canon” itself becomes canonized, it’s time to reload. This is the notion that animates New Border Voices, an anthology of recent and rarely seen writing by Borderlands artists from El Paso to Brownsville—and a hundred miles on either side. Challenging the assumption that borderlands writing is the privileged product of the 1970s and ’80s, the vibrant community represented in this collection offers tasty bits of regional fare that will appeal to a wide range of readers and students.Among the contributions are: Introduction "A Southern Renaissance” for Texas Letters —José E. Limón The Texas-Mexico Border: This Writer’s Sense of Place —Rolando Hinojosa-Smith The Rain Parade —Paul Pedroza...
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New Border Voices: An Anthology Reviews
One of the ironies of the rise in the ’60s and ’70s of a literature of the border that served as a sort of counter to the accepted Texas canon is that 40 years later, much of that regional writing has itself become canonized. In 2014 editors Brandon D. Shuler, Robert Johnson and Erika Garza-Johnson brought out from Texas A&M University Press the anthology New Border Voices.In its pages, a few voices of the old guard of border letters are blended with a wide cross-section of more recent writers (René Saldaña, Jr., Irene Lara Silva, Rodney Gómez, Brenda Riojas, etc.). The resulting tension, while not precisely a passing of the baton or the mantle, certainly gives the reader a snapshot of the evolving literary scene along the Rio Grande and pushes admirably against the tendency to institutionalize aging rebel voices into some sort of establishment.Those keeping their critical fingers on the metaphorical pulse of Texas letters would do well to pick up this rewarding anthology.
Borders transition for an array of reasons, time being the indicator of how a new generation comes to rely on the histories of their land(s), reminiscing about what was and accepting (not eloquently though) that change alters realities. This anthology of voices are direct proof of how recent experiences, particularly in the Southwest region, have caused a metamorphosis in our communities. We slowly alienate ourselves from our ties to el otro lado because in our minds, borders close and fears become our distances. As a fan of many of the prolific authors who form a part of this anthology, I am delighted current reflections from the border are represented well.