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Writings of Helena María Viramontes

The following works can be found in Otterbein's Library.

Herrera-Sobek, María and Helena María Viramontes, eds. Chicana Creativity and Criticism. Albuquerque: U New Mexico P, 1996. OHIOLINK NETLIBRARY EBOOKS. 2007.
Contains the poetry and prose writings presented at the second conference on Mexican American Women's Literature in 1987. Literary criticism of such writing and of film is also included.

---. Chicana (w)Rites: On Word and Film. Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1995. PS508.M4 C56 1995
Includes criticism and poetry and prose, from the third conference, 1990, on creative works of Chicana women held at the University of California, Irvine and hence the name of this book.

Kevane, Bridget, and Helena Maria Viramontes. "Viramontes on O'Connor." Flannery O'Connor Review 4 (2006,): 5-11. Humanities International Complete. EBSCOHOST. Otterbein University Lib., Westerville. 5 July 2007 <http://search.ebscohost.com/>.
The article discusses the influence of Flannery O'Connor on Chicana writer and professor at Cornell University, Helena María Viramontes. It also presents the views of Viramontes regarding O'Connor's ideas and the similarities of O'Connor to some Chicana feminist writers which include Ana Castillo and Judith Ortiz Cofer.

Trambley, Estela Portillo. Trini. New York: Feminist Press, 2005.
PZ4.T6873 Tr 2005
Helena María Viramonts wrote the forward to Trambley's only novel. She was a Mexican-American, 1927-1998, who wrote about women who overcame social oppression, such as this, about a poor girl determined to own her own land, set in the borderland region between Texas and Mexico in the 1940s.

Viramontes, Helena María. "Growing." Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature. Comp.Tey Diana Rebolledo and Eliana S. Rivero. Tucson: U Arizona P, 1993. 307-314. PZ1.I545 Re 1993
Rebolledo and Rivero bring together an impressive array of Chicana feminist memoirs, poetry, and fiction. Viramontes' story is part of the section on Growing-up.

---. "Miss Clairol." The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States. Ed. Linda Wagner-Martin and Cathy N. Davidson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. 154-158. PS508.W7 O95 1999
A short story about a mother/daughter relationship.

---. "The Moths." Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories. Ed. Augenbraum, Harold and Ilan Stevens. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. 32-37. PS 647.H58 G76 1993
Reflections on life in the United States -- a story by Helena María Viramontes, and other memoirs and stories by noted Latin authors describing life between two cultures.

---. The Moths and Other Stories. Houston: Arte Público, 1995.
PZ4.V5725 Mo 1995
Viramonte' first published book of short stories set in Los Angeles about lives of Chicana women.

Viramontes, Helena María. "Praying for Knowledge: An Interview with Helena María Viramontes." Latina Self-Portraits: Interviews with Contemporary Women Writers. Ed. Bridget A. Kevane and Juanita Heredia. Albuquerque: U New Mexico P, 2000. 141-154. PS153.H56 K48 2000
In this interview Viramontes discusses her education, influences, the use of Spanish in her novels, as well as Estrella and the barn from Under the Feet of Jesus.

---. Their Dogs Came with Them: A Novel. New York: Atria, 2007.
PZ4.V5725 Th 2007
Viramontes second novel is set in East Los Angeles during the 1960's portraying diverse characters, and reflecting on the conditions of women.

---. Under the Feet of Jesus. New York: Plume, 1996. PZ4.V5725 Un 1995a & PZ4.V5725 Un 1995
Our common book this year was chosen because of its scholastic and interdisciplinary approaches to a wide variety of disciplines and social issues. Two copies are on reserve. one is for use in the library only, the other circulates for 7-days.

 

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