Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda (V.) 1942-
GONZALES-BERRY, Erlinda (V.) 1942-
Born August 23, 1942, in Roy, NM; daughter of Canuto (a rancher) and Carlota (a teacher; maiden name, Fonzales) Gonzales; married Edward J. Berry, December 8, 1966; children: Maya S. Ethnicity: "Chicana." Education: University of New Mexico, B.A., 1964, M.A., Ph.D., 1974. Politics: Democrat.
Office—Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331. E-mail—[email protected].
Earlham College, Richmond, IN, professor, 1974-78; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, professor, 1978-79; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, professor, 1979-97; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, professor, 1997—. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Project, member.
Named teacher of the year, University of New Mexico, 1984; named woman of achievement, Women's Center, Oregon State University, 2001; named Oregon innovator in education, Business Education Compact of Linn and Benton Counties, 2000.
Paletitas de Guayaba, El Norte Publications, 1990.
(Editor, with Charles Tatum) Recovering the U.S. Literary Heritage, Volume 2, Arte Publica Press, 1993.
(Editor, with David Maciel) The Contested Homeland: A Chicano History of New Mexico, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 2000.
Erlinda Gonzales-Berry told CA: "I am motivated by a desire to preserve cultural memories. I have been influenced by Latin American writers of the boom period and contemporary women of color who write fiction. I have been inspired by the resiliency of my people, the richness of my culture, especially its oral traditions. I have also felt a deep need to write about what it means to be a woman in a culture heavily influenced by family, Catholicism, and colonialism. My writing, both literary and academic, is marked by the need to 'speak back' to master narratives that have ignored or misrepresented the reality of Chicano people."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Pacific Historical Review, August, 2002, Maria E. Montoya, review of The Contested Homeland: A Chicano History of New Mexico, p. 492.