What does it mean to claim one’s cultural belonging as a Latina citizen living in the United States? Cultural citizenship accounts for the space between legal and political citizenship: the affective and everyday experience of living within and belonging to a nation state. Latina chick lit, also known as “chica lit,” offers a rewarding site for the study of US cultural belonging. This relatively recent genre, inaugurated in 2003 with Alisa Valdes’s (previously Valdes-Rodriguez) The Dirty Girls Social Club, reflects the culturally blended experiences of US Latinas. Furthermore, the depictions of Latina cultural citizenship found in chica lit contrast sharply with earlier portrayals found...

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