During the 1920’s a group of writers known as “The Lost Generation” gained popularity; you know ‘em: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, amongst others. The term “the lost generation” was coined by Gertrude Stein who is rumored to have heard her auto-mechanic while in France to have said that his young workers were, “une generation perdue”. This refered to the young workers’ poor auto-mechanic repair skills. Gertrude Stein would take this phrase and use it to describe the people of the 1920’s who rejected American post World War I values.
Chicano literature is the literature written by Mexican Americans in the United States. Although its origins can be traced back to the sixteenth century, the bulk of Chicano literature dates from after 1848, when the USA annexed large parts of what had been Mexico in the wake of the Mexican-American War. (My obsession with Sandra Cisneros is fireyyyyy and raw)