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Islas Arturo: The Uncollected Works
The title of the book under review is Arturo Islas: The Uncollected Works. The author
of this book is Arturo Islas, and the editor is Fredrick Luis Aldama. The book was written in
April 1, 200 and published by Erte Publico Press. The book is written in English, has 246
pages, and its ISBN-10, is 1558853685 and ISBN-13 is 978-1558853683. Arturo Islas, the
book’s author, was the most skilful and celebrated literary researcher of the Mexican-
American culture. The author was born 1938 and died in 1991. He was an El Paso native in
Texas, and a professor of English.
Islas was also a novelist who wrote about what he experienced with the cultural
duality of Chicano. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1960 from Standford University, a
Masters and a Ph.D in 1963 and 1971, respectively from Standford University. In 1971, Islas
joined Stanford Faculty. In fact, Islas is a renowned scholar from Chicano who was the first
one in the US to receive a Ph.D in English. In 1976, Islas got a privilege of becoming the first
faculty member from Chicano to attain tenure at Standford University. In addition to this
book, some of the books that Islas authored include The Rain God, and Migrant Souls. The
author was a thoughtful, dedicated, as well as a style-conscious author who enhanced a sense
of accountability to the art and community and critics and writers. His dedication’s ability
was harmonized by the instances set in investigating psychology and aesthetics of gay
creativity, an investigation that caused him uncompromising rows with his conservative
background. He was an inspiring poet, prolific, essayist, and a short story author (Islas 1-5).
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On the other hand, Fred Luis Aldama, the book’s editor, is a professor of English in
the Arts and Humanities department of Ohio State University in the United States. He teaches
Latin American and Latina post-colonial literature. The editor also teaches comics, film,
cognitive science, and narrative theory approaches to culture. He received his Ph.D in 1999
from Standford University. He also obtained his undergraduate degree in English in 1992 in
Berkeley’s University of California. Aldama employs cognitive science and narrative in his
scholarship and teaching on Postcolonial literature and Latino, film, art, music, as well as
comic books. He has also authored and edited thirteen books including Dancing with Ghosts:
A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas, Postethnic Narrative Criticism, Brown on Brown, and
Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach among others (Islas 1).
In the book, Aldama intends to bring out Islas’ experiences as he lived across several
borders and learned to dwell in numerous borderlands including gay, straight, El Paso, and
San Francisco. Additionally, he intends to portray Islas’ core motif including recovery. He
also tries to, in his poetry, fiction, and essays, recover voices and bodies and disclose modern
borderland topographies. He also attempts to analyse Islas’ way of comprehending sexual,
racial, political and cultural borderline during childhood and puberty (Islas 1).
Aldama also seeks to explore Islas’ poetic forms and examine his arguments. In the
novels and short stories, there was fictionalisation of biographical fact, and complication of
traits of young and old Chicanas and Chicanos in linguistic, cultural, ideological, and national
borderlands. The book also aims at recovering a complex gay author from Chicano whose
lifetime was involved in textual and physical actions of discovering and recovering to create a
space for the expression of a multifaceted Chicano or Chicana literature and identity and thus
making a healthy and modern American social and literary corpus. The main audience that
the author addresses include both youth and the elderly people who experience the same
issues Islas faced in his lifetime.
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In terms of the author’s main arguments, Aldama seems to celebrate Islas’ ability to
cross various borderlines as it is evident in his collection. He also supports gay people in the
society, and they are just like any other person, as Islas was really gifted and inspiring. He
also argues that border crossing in the in poetic form, language, as well as narrative method
are crucial tools in the achieving effective understanding of a society sweeping those seen as
diseased to its indiscernible limits. For instance, in the fictionalised memoir plan in The
Loneliest Man in the World, the narrator understands his own illegal sexuality, is association
with a self-damaging father, and a student’s demise from an AIDS-associated illness. The
author also modifies the language to comprehend better a world ruled by heteromasculine-
recognised insecurities that cause destructively arranged connections, which scientifically and
aggressively compel hierarchies of variety including queer and straight, saint versus sinner, as
well as virgin and whore (Islas 54).
The author effectively supports his arguments as it is evident in the collection of
narratives, poetry and short stories. He has successful sailed in terms of navigating across
various aspects of life including sexuality and culture among others. For instance, in the
book, the author says “...from one side of the border to another without any immigration
officers to tell me where I should or I should not be” (Islas 23). This statement helps to
support the author’s arguments concerning the crossing of several borderlands. He also uses
gay and oppressive cases to support his arguments of a diverse society in his literary works.
For instance, in the book, the author uses character Miguel in his stories to effectively bring
out these experiences (Islas 30).
What is more, the author has successfully brought out his objectives of writing the
book. This is seen in the way that he uses various genres, such as, poetry, short stories, and
narratives to highlight his ideas. He also uses appropriate styles and language to ensure that
the ideas are well-supported in the book. The fact that he delves into various boundaries
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including straight, queer, saints and sinners helps the author to communicate his ideas
effectively; hence, achieving all his objectives.
Compared to other books, this book is rated as the best book ever written by a
Chicano native. This is because the author has employed various styles to communicate to the
intended audience. The fact that it cuts across various aspects of life makes it the best, and a
must-read. It is so inspiring, enriching, and enlightening concerning various issues of post
and modern cultures in the society. Therefore, the book is worth reading as the language is
easy to understand, well arranged, and it is so informative.
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Work cited:
Islas, Arturo. Arturo Islas: the uncollected works. Houston: Arte Pblico Press, 2003. Pp. 1-
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Surname 1 Student’s Name Your Instructor’s name The Course Date Islas Arturo: The Uncollected Works The title of the book under review is Arturo Islas: The Uncollected Works. The author of this book is Arturo Islas, and the editor is Fredrick Luis Aldama. The book was written in April 1, 200 and published by Erte Publico Press. The book is written in English, has 246 pages, and its ISBN-10, is 1558853685 and ISBN-13 is 978-1558853683. Arturo Islas, the book’s author, was the most skilful and celebrated literary researcher of the MexicanAmerican culture. The author was born 1938 and died in 1991. He was an El Paso native in Texas, and a professor of English. Islas was also a novelist who wrote about what he experienced with the cultural duality of Chicano. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1960 from Standford University, a Masters and a Ph.D in 1963 and 1971, respectively from Standford University. In 1971, Islas joined Stanford Faculty. In fact, Islas is a renowned scholar from Chicano who was the first one in the US to receive a Ph.D in English. In 1976, Islas got a privilege of becoming the first faculty member from Chicano to attain tenure at Standford University. In addition to this book, some of the books that Islas authored include The Rain God, and Migrant Souls. The author was a thoughtful, dedicated, as well as a style-conscious author who enhanced a sense of accountability to the art and community and critics and writers. His dedication’s ability was harmonized by the instances set in investigating psychology and aesthetics of gay creativity, an investigation that caused him uncompromising rows with his conservative background. He was an inspiring poet, prolific, essayist, and a short story author (Islas 1-5). Surname 2 On the other hand, Fred Luis Aldama, the book’s editor, is a professor of English in the Arts and Humanities department of Ohio State University in the United States. He teaches Latin American and Latina post-colonial literature. The editor also teaches comics, film, cognitive science, and narrative theory approaches to culture. He received his Ph.D in 1999 from Standford University. He also obtained his undergraduate degree in English in 1992 in Berkeley’s University of California. Aldama employs cognitive science and narrative in his scholarship and teaching on Postcolonial literature and Latino, film, art, music, as well as comic books. He has also authored and edited thirteen books including Dancing with Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas, Postethnic Narrative Criticism, Brown on Brown, and Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach among others (Islas 1). In the book, Aldama intends to bring out Islas’ experiences as he lived across several borders and learned to dwell in numerous borderlands including gay, straight, El Paso, and San Francisco. Additionally, he intends to portray Islas’ core motif including recovery. He also tries to, in his poetry, fiction, and essays, recover voices and bodies and disclose modern borderland topographies. He also attempts to analyse Islas’ way of comprehending sexual, racial, political and cultural borderline during childhood and puberty (Islas 1). Aldama also seeks to explore Islas’ poetic forms and examine his arguments. In the novels and short stories, there was fictionalisation of biographical fact, and complication of traits of young and old Chicanas and Chicanos in linguistic, cultural, ideological, and national borderlands. The book also aims at recovering a complex gay author from Chicano whose lifetime was involved in textual and physical actions of discovering and recovering to create a space for the expression of a multifaceted Chicano or Chicana literature and identity and thus making a healthy and modern American social and literary corpus. The main audience that the author addresses include both youth and the elderly people who experience the same issues Islas faced in his lifetime. Surname 3 In terms of the author’s main arguments, Aldama seems to celebrate Islas’ ability to cross various borderlines as it is evident in his collection. He also supports gay people in the society, and they are just like any other person, as Islas was really gifted and inspiring. He also argues that border crossing in the in poetic form, language, as well as narrative method are crucial tools in the achieving effective understanding of a society sweeping those seen as diseased to its indiscernible limits. For instance, in the fictionalised memoir plan in The Loneliest Man in the World, the narrator understands his own illegal sexuality, is association with a self-damaging father, and a student’s demise from an AIDS-associated illness. The author also modifies the language to comprehend better a world ruled by heteromasculinerecognised insecurities that cause destructively arranged connections, which scientifically and aggressively compel hierarchies of variety including queer and straight, saint versus sinner, as well as virgin and whore (Islas 54). The author effectively supports his arguments as it is evident in the collection of narratives, poetry and short stories. He has successful sailed in terms of navigating across various aspects of life including sexuality and culture among others. For instance, in the book, the author says “...from one side of the border to another without any immigration officers to tell me where I should or I should not be” (Islas 23). This statement helps to support the author’s arguments concerning the crossing of several borderlands. He also uses gay and oppressive cases to support his arguments of a diverse society in his literary works. For instance, in the book, the author uses character Miguel in his stories to effectively bring out these experiences (Islas 30). What is more, the author has successfully brought out his objectives of writing the book. This is seen in the way that he uses various genres, such as, poetry, short stories, and narratives to highlight his ideas. He also uses appropriate styles and language to ensure that the ideas are well-supported in the book. The fact that he delves into various boundaries Surname 4 including straight, queer, saints and sinners helps the author to communicate his ideas effectively; hence, achieving all his objectives. Compared to other books, this book is rated as the best book ever written by a Chicano native. This is because the author has employed various styles to communicate to the intended audience. The fact that it cuts across various aspects of life makes it the best, and a must-read. It is so inspiring, enriching, and enlightening concerning various issues of post and modern cultures in the society. Therefore, the book is worth reading as the language is easy to understand, well arranged, and it is so informative. Surname 5 Work cited: Islas, Arturo. Arturo Islas: the uncollected works. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2003. Pp. 1246. Name: Description: ...
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