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Journeying toward a new spirituality: Rudolfo Anaya's trilogy revisited


1997 1997

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“Journeying Toward a New Spirituality: Rudolfo Anaya's Trilogy Revisited” attempts to articulate the connections among Anaya's first three novels—Bless Me, Ultima, Heart of Aztlan, and Tortuga—and to elucidate the spiritual values depicted by the author in the struggles for identity of his three protagonists.

The introduction provides a brief overview of critical commentary on Anaya's early works and a rhetorical justification for “revisiting” the trilogy.

Chapter One argues that Ultima's child protagonist, Antonio Marez, represents the “birth” phase of the life cycle as his initiation with multiple myth systems forms in him the foundation for spiritual maturity.

Chapter Two examines the spiritual journey of the middle-aged protagonist in Heart of Aztlan, Clemente Chavez. Because of Clemente's removal from traditional religion and his eventual immersion in the myths of his ancestors, Clemente's experience epitomizes the “death” phase which precipitates rebirth in the cycle of life.

Chapter Three analyzes the healing process of the teenaged, paralyzed protagonist in Tortuga, comparing his physical and spiritual “rebirth” with the process of emerging spirituality in Anaya's first two novels.

The conclusion of this study attempts to articulate Anaya's spiritual message through Tortuga's “song of love” and through the lessons contributed by each of the protagonists. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Indexing (details)


Subject
American literature
Classification
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics
Title
Journeying toward a new spirituality: Rudolfo Anaya's trilogy revisited
Author
Wesley, Kimberly Anne
Number of pages
84
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
1505
Source
MAI 43/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542033773, 0542033771
Advisor
Richards, Connie
University/institution
Salisbury University
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
EP12505
ProQuest document ID
304408202
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304408202
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