The main idea of this thesis is the search for identity in Chicana literature as well as in the male dominated Chicana culture. To understand where Chicana literature derives from, the reader learns about the Mexican history, female role models, religious und mythological symbols, and is given a detailed analysis of selected works by Chicana authors. The reader learns that the influence of religious and mythological figures is of great importance in Chicana literature: Virgin of Guadalupe, La Llorona, and La Malinche. As the title of this thesis implies, the main goal is to introduce the reader to this constant search for female identity in American literature and society. This searching is reflected in the selected works of Chicana authors in this thesis. Sandra Cisneros is an author, who relies very strongly on her autobiographical experiences and infuses them into her works The House on Mango Street and Caramelo. Ana Castillo, on the other hand, steps away from autobiographical influences and puts her main focus exclusively on women. Her novels entertain the readers with female charm and a sense of mythology and religion. Both novels So Far from God and The Mixquiahuala Letters only have female protagonists and reflect female independence. Gloria Anzaldua celebrates the life,values,history,and language of Chicanas in America in her book Borderlands/La Frontera:The New Mestiza. Every chapter of her book is an appreciation of her culture, and she expresses her dedication by introducing the reader to stories, nursery rhymes and poems of Mexican artists. The detailed analysis of these works of Chicana authors should be proof to the reader that Chicana authors have a strong appreciation of their heritage. The constant search for identity, attention in society, and the perfect life are the main issues for Chicanas; thus these issues are recurring in the selected works of Chicana authors and are discussed and analyzed in detail in this thesis.