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Reading: Hija de Las Americas: Latin American Themes in “A Daughter’s Geography” and “Liliane”

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Hija de Las Americas: Latin American Themes in “A Daughter’s Geography” and “Liliane”

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Elizabeth Espadas

Wesley College
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Separated by more than a decade, the focus of A Daughter’s Geography (1983) and Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter (1994), both by Notozake Shange, couldn’t be more different, despite the commonality of the nature of the parent-child relationship explored in them. The Latin American material that forms an important thread in both works is completely reflective of that difference, with that of the first work being much more overtly political, linked with the problematics of dictatorship and the liberation struggles of the early 1980s, and the second more related to the cross-cultural experiences of the 1990s. Five thematic clusters characterize both works: (a) Political and historical references; (b) the legacy of slavery; (c) language, especially in relation to creativity; (d) cross-cultural and cross-racial relationships and experiences, and (e) the arts and literature. In the second work there are also a significant number of religious references, concretely to the Virgin Mary in her various Hispanic forms. The geographic areas specifically cited are, for the most part, ones closely linked with the African experience in the Americas: Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama, but also include Paraguay and Argentina.

How to Cite: Espadas, E., (2007). Hija de Las Americas: Latin American Themes in “A Daughter’s Geography” and “Liliane”. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 15(1), pp.123–128. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/30
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Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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