My mother's daughter

Monica Vanessa Martinez, University of Texas at El Paso


In order to address the way the Chicano culture attempts to silence its women, My Mother's Daughter is a collection of short stories narrated by Chicanas. The collection uses the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters to highlight the conflicts that lead to the silencing of Chicanas. The collection attempts to challenge this silencing by utilizing the first person perspective to give a voice to these traditionally silenced women. Another literary technique employed is the use of dramatic irony. With multiple first person narrators in the same story the collection uses dramatic irony as a way of playing up the conflicts while simultaneously exemplifying the silence mandated on the Chicanas in the story.

Subject Area

Womens studies|American literature|Hispanic American studies

Recommended Citation

Martinez, Monica Vanessa, "My mother's daughter" (2013). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1539968.