Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Henry Staten

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez.
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Critical Essay by Henry Staten

SOURCE: Staten, Henry. “Ethnic Authenticity, Class, and Autobiography: The Case of Hunger of Memory.PMLA 113, no. 1 (January 1998): 103–16.

In the following essay, Staten explores the conflicts, contrasts, and flaws in Rodriguez's arguments on culture and cultural assimilation in Hunger of Memory.

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When Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez was published in 1982, it immediately became the center of a heated debate that has continued to the present. The book consists of a brief prologue and six loosely intertwined, loosely chronological autobiographical essays. In the prologue, “Middle-Class Pastoral,” Rodriguez declares himself a fully assimilated “middle-class American man” (3) and cautions against the “pastoral” impulse of the middle class (by which he apparently means the Mexican American middle class) to “deny its difference from...

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