The Big Read at Cal State LA: Bless Me, Ultima

Publications, Lectures, and Interviews on Rudolfo A. Anaya

 By

DR. ROBERTO CANTÚ
Professor of Chicano Studies and English
California State University, Los Angeles

  

I.  Publications 

2003    Article on the life and novels by Chicano writer Rudolfo A. Anaya, published in the volume American Novelists Since World War II, Seventh Series, of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Wanda H. Giles and James R. Giles (eds.), Vol. 278: 11-20.

1990    Article entitled "Apocalypse as an Ideological Construct:  The Storyteller's Art in Bless Me, Ultima," in Rudolfo A. Anaya:  Focus on Criticism, ed. César A. González (La Jolla:  Lalo Press, 1990), pp. 13-63.

1990    Article entitled "The Surname, the Corpus, and the Body in Rudolfo A. Anaya's Narrative Trilogy," in Rudolfo A. Anaya:  Focus on Criticism, ed. César A. González (La Jolla:  Lalo Press, 1990), pp. 274-317.

1979    "Degradación y regeneración en Bless Me, Ultima:  el chicano y la vida nueva,"  The Identification  and Analysis of Chicano Literature, ed. Francisco Jiménez (New York:  Bilingual Press, 1979), pp. 374-388.  Reprint of article published in the literary journal Caribe (Hawaii), 1976.

1976    "Degradación y regeneración en Bless Me, Ultima: el chicano y la vida nueva," Caribe (University of Hawaii), Vol. I (Spring 1976), No. 1, 113-126.

1974    "Estructura y sentido de lo onirico en Bless Me, Ultima," Mester, Vol. V (noviembre de 1974), No.1, 27-41.

1973    "Bless Me, Ultima," Mester, Vol. IV (noviembre de 1973), No. 1, 66-68.  Book review.


II.  Lectures and Conference Presentations

1997    Presented a paper, "Allegories of a Darkening World:  Gothic Film and the Conspiratorial Text in Rudolfo Anaya's Rio Grande Fall," read in absentia at the 22nd Annual Colloquium on Modern Literature and Film, at West Virginia University on October 16, 1997.

1990    Invited speaker to introduce Rudolfo A. Anaya on  the occasion of the book-signing of Rudolfo A. Anaya:  Focus on Criticism, ed. by Cesar A. Gonzalez (La Jolla:  Lalo Press, 1990), at San Diego Mesa College, March 22, 1990.

1990    Organizer and moderator of a panel entitled "Traditional and Historical Change in the Narrative of Rudolfo A. Anaya," (March 29) for the 18th National Association for Chicano  Studies Conference held at Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 28-31, 1990.  At this session  the presentations focused on the publication of the book Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus on Criticism, edited by Cesar Gonzalez (Lalo Press, 1990).

1989    Organizer of the Chicano Studies Distinguished  Lecture Summer Series, bringing to CSULA Rudolfo A. Anaya, whose lecture was entitled "Aztlán: A Homeland Without Boundaries" (August 22).

1985    "Theory and Practice of the Chicano Novel in Rudolfo A. Anaya's Narrative Trilogy (1972-1979)," paper read (November 23) at the First Midwest Symposium on la Cultura Chicana:  Twenty-five Years of the Chicano Novel, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on November 22-23, 1985.

1985    "Mito e historia en la narrativa de Rudolfo A. Anaya," paper read (November 8) at the Simposio sobre literatura mesoamericana y chicana, held in honor of Dr. Luis Leal in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico), on November 6-9, 1985.

1981    Moderator of a panel discussion on the narrative of Rudolfo A. Anaya, held at Cal State L.A. on February 10.  Mr. Anaya was the host speaker.  Producer of a video tape (54 minutes)  on this panel, held earlier on the same day.  The video tape has been added to the video collection of the J.F. Kennedy Library, CSULA.


III.  Video-recorded Interviews on Rudolfo A. Anaya

2007  Mr. Dave Ellis, President of Ellis Productions, video-recorded our October 19, 2007, interview  for the forthcoming public television program on the novels of Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya. Mr. Ellis traveled from New Mexico to video-record and interview me at my home on this one-hour program on Rudolfo Anaya. 

2002  Panelist speaker in the Arizona Humanities Council public conference titled “A Night With Anaya,” held at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts on October 16, 2002.  This panel discussion included Chuck Tatum (moderator), Ana Perches, Patricia Preciado Martin, and Roberto Cantu as panelists.  The panel presentations were video-recorded and the program was aired on a local television station.

2002      I lectured on Rudolfo AnayaÂ’s Bless Me, Ultima at Yucaipa Middle School,

Yucaipa, CA,  on  January 15, 2002, in Ms. Cindy HolmesÂ’ literature class.  My presentation was video-recorded.  I had lectured in this same campus on two previous years: 2001 and 2000. 


IV.  Director of MasterÂ’s Theses at Cal State L.A. on Rudolfo Anaya

1995  Lynn Fauth, Tradition and the Indigenous Talent:  Rudolfo A. Anaya and the Anglo-American Canon.  M.A. Thesis, Dept. of Chicano Studies, Cal State L.A.

1885  Michael Cervantes, An Analysis of Rudolfo AnayaÂ’s Novels as Epics.  M.A. Thesis, Dept. of Chicano Studies, Cal State L.A.

 

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