12. Mythical Frontiers: Manifest Destiny, Aztlán, and the Cosmic Race

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. John L. Escobedo

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch12

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Escobedo, J. L. (2011) Mythical Frontiers: Manifest Destiny, Aztlán, and the Cosmic Race, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch12

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • mythical frontiers - Manifest Destiny, Aztlán, and the cosmic race;
  • American ambition, settling the vast - and opulent western frontier, Mexico and the United States;
  • Mexican-American War - and signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, surrendering Mexico's northern territories;
  • the appeal of Manifest Destiny - religious belief, Americans and Christianity, imposing democracy;
  • embracing Anglo-Saxon myth of origin - functional for a fledgling nation, on the move;
  • Chicano/a scholars, deconstructing - the racist doctrine behind Manifest Destiny;
  • Chicano/as, finally finding - narrative, not only locating their homeland, and mythical tale of origin;
  • Chicano/a scholars, artists and activists - into Vasconcelos' mestizo imaginary;
  • multiple border transitions, physical, racial, gendered - resisting multiple fronts of hegemony;
  • constructing, the pedagogical framework - teaching history, culture and literature, and American landscape

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading