Chicano Cultural Identification in Rudolfo Aanya’s Zia Summer From the Perspective of Magical Realism

Hui LIU, Ping YAN


Zia Summer was published by the Mexican-American writer Rudolfo Alfronso Anaya in 1995, which presents the theme of cultural identification and survival of Chicano people through the detective Sonny Baca’s quest to discover the murderer of his cousin Gloria Dominic. As he investigates deeper into this mystery, Sonny begins to ask questions about the religious cult that is behind Gloria’s death, and its shadowy leader, a man known as Raven, whose charisma attracts a variety of followers, who see him as a restorer of order to a world of economic disparity, violence, and ecological devastation. From the perspective of magical realism, this paper reflects the Chicano cultural identification through the interpretation of the three main characters: Gloria, Raven and Sonny Baca, who are the innocent victim, the fanatic defender and the explorer of the Chicano traditions, respectively.



Rudolfo Anaya; Zia Summer; Magical realism; Chicano cultural identification

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