As a critical reader on Helena María Viramontes, Rebozos de palabras accomplishes the dual task of affirming Viramontes's contributions to U.S. literature in accordance with traditional author-centered literary criticism and of demonstrating the theoretical capacity of Chicana feminism to connect the work of literature to larger cultural and political concerns. The evolution of Viramontes's creative writing career—from her first collection of short stories, The Moths and Other Stories (1985), to her critically acclaimed novel Under the Feet of Jesus (1995) and, most recently, Their Dogs Came with Them (2007)—is carefully explicated in the nine critical essays of the reader. Likewise, a careful attention to Viramontes's craft of writing is manifest in the close readings of all the essays. Barbara Brinson Curiel's contribution, which offers Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as an intertext for Under the Feet of Jesus, is probably most illustrative of the function of this critical reader...

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