Nash Candelaria

(1840 words)
  • Heiner Bus (Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg)

Nash Candelaria, author of four novels and two short story collections so far, has been called the “historical novelist of the Hispanic people of New Mexico”, who “has brought a special perspective to Chicano literature,” and imported “the narrative of self-identity” into it. Ever since the publication of Memories of the Alhambra (1977), the first volume of his Rafa family quartet, critics have attempted to classify him within their closed ideological systems stressing some components while ignoring others. During the first period of the Chicano cultural renaissance they missed an open declaration of political purpose for his work questioning his self-characterization as “a Chicano who writes. I …

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Bus, Heiner. "Nash Candelaria". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
[, accessed 28 November 2015.]