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Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script By Cristina Herrera ...

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Contemporary Chicana Literature:


(Re)writing the Maternal Script

Mothers and Daughters in
Contemporary Chicana Literature

This cathexis between mother and daughter—essential, distorted, misused—is the great unwritten story.

(Rich 225)

During the early evolution of the human race, motherhood was the only recognized bond of relationship.

(Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets,
qtd. in Castillo, Massacre 181)

I’ve shrunk down
and kissed
my womb
and heard
my heart
and listened
to mothers
and daughters