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Helene Adams Androne

JHN 220/BAC 302C
Middletown/Oxford
513.727.3267/513.529.5245
adamshd@miamioh.edu

Helane Adams Androne

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Androne’s current manuscript, Ritual Performance in Chicana Fiction: Story, Service and Spirit asks the question: How does ritual reveal and shape the performance of culture, gender, and language in texts by Chicana women? In it, she advocates for the analysis and importance of ritual within Chicana literature, a literature characterized by storytelling, spiritual iconography, and reflections on service. She argues that an examination of ritual in texts such as Ana Castillo’s So Far From God (1993), Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo (2002), Denise Chavez’s Face of an Angel (1994), and Helena Maria Viramontes’, Their Dogs Came With Them (2007), reveal how Chicana women’s fictions construct ritual as a performative method of coping and healing. More specifically, an examination of ritual form and function leads to the naming and analysis of resistance inherent in the storytelling, spiritual iconography, and the idea of service within Chicana fiction.