Writers who live in Dallas may envision the city differently than it has been portrayed (Phillips, 2010). Deep connections to the city may yield a unique perspective that is central to the writer’s interest. Since there were a great variety of details stemming from previous academic and scholarly interest in the historical and cultural significance of events in this area, it is clear that the literature was selected based on the most comprehensive and important events. These experiences and the specific references to events in Dallas were a consistent theme in both the anthropological and literary critical pieces on this city. It is evident that the rich and defining cultural identities of African and Americans and the Yucatecan were of paramount importance in illustrating Dallas traditions and contemporary heritage.
Ultimately there are clear themes in the methodology and arguments presented by Adler and Phillips. By investigating these authors and the specific details elucidated by their works it is possible to identify effective strategies between the two bodies of work. Establishing the methodologies that each author utilized has allowed for a clear and coherent approach to their methods. Adler has utilized historical and anthropological perspectives in order to elucidate the experiences and viewpoint of the Yucatecan community identity. The methods utilized by each author were substantially different. However, the literary critiques were able to create a lasting impression through specific quotations and examples from history. This was valuable in its own regard, while the use of personal experiences in Adler’s anthropological discussion was equally informative and variegated. While each writer employed analysis and presentation of the evidence in different ways, they were able to achieve a comprehensive and detailed review of history and culture throughout Dallas.
This was a valuable and comprehensive representation of the societal and cultural situation because of the diversity of evidence provided through the author’s personalized descriptions. The ethnographic descriptions are effective and show the multidimensional and historical nature of Dallas culture. Phillips provided a coherent and consistent series of arguments in the literary criticism. The methodologies that were utilized to complete this, core ideals such as implementing the text as an object were clear and notable. The diversity of archetypal representations are indicative of the fundamental techniques for literary criticism being implemented in this work. The key strategies that are practiced in these variegated cultural documentaries are valuable reports of the culture of Dallas. The contemporary face of this city combined with vivid and folkloric literature creates a substantially dynamic cultural identity. All perspectives provide robust evidence that Dallas has a lively and active culture with a rich and diversified history.
Adler, R. H. (2008). Yucatecans in Dallas, Texas: Breaching the border, bridging the distance. Allyn & Bacon.
Phillips, M. (2010). White metropolis: race, ethnicity, and religion in Dallas, 1841-2001. University of Texas Press.
Smith, D. H. (Ed.). (2013). Dallas noir. New York: Akashic Books.