UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Autobiographical Accounts of L2 Identity Construction in Chicano Literature

Ros i Solé, C; (2004) Autobiographical Accounts of L2 Identity Construction in Chicano Literature. Language and Intercultural Communication , 4 (4) 229 - 241.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

This paper uses narrative accounts to explore intercultural experiences and the perception of the self by second language (L2) users. The analysis follows poststructuralist and postmodern theories of cultural and language identity. Extracts from the autobiographies of three chicano writers from the 1980s to the new millennium, Richard Rodriguez's Hunger of Memory, Ilán Stavans' On Borrowed Words and Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands: La Frontera, will be used to illustrate the socialisation processes that take place when acquiring a second or third language and the creation of bilingual identities. The narrative analysis of the testimonial accounts will on the one hand be based on Bourdieu's theory of language (1991), which highlights the unequal relationships of power between different speakers, and on the other, on the premise that identities are multiple and subject to change over time.

Type:Article
Title:Autobiographical Accounts of L2 Identity Construction in Chicano Literature
Keywords:narrative accounts, language learning, post-structuralism, multiple identities, symbolic capital
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of EU Langs, Culture and Society

Archive Staff Only: edit this record