A Companion to US Latino Literatures

March 2007
248 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004050, LIT004020, LIT020000

A Companion to US Latino Literatures

Edited by Carlota Caulfield, Darién J. Davis

A panorama of literature by Latinos, whether born or resident in the United States.
This volume, documenting the linguistic and cultural diversity of Latino literary output in the United States, offers an exciting introduction for non-specialist readers. Unique in its scope and perspective, it focuses on various literary genres, and cinema, related to Latinos. Each essay considers not only Latino writers who were born or raised in the United States, but also Latin American writers who took up residence in the United States but may also be considered part of the literary scene of their countries of origin. Rather than follow one specific mode of organization and presentation, each contributor has offered his or her original perspective on the subject matter or theme. The result is an inclusive spectrum of the voices of the U.S. Latin American diaspora, illuminating the rich and complex culture of Latinos.

EDITORS: Carlota Caulfield is Professor of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies at Mills College, California.
Darién J. Davis is Associate Professor of History and Latin American Studies at Middlebury College, Vermont.
CONTRIBUTORS: Eva Bueno, Carlota Caulfield, Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez, Darién J. Davis, Jorge Febles, Lydia Gil, Armando González-Pérez, Patricia M. Montilla, Vincent Spina, Antonio Tosta, Sergio Waisman

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Pluralism in US Latino Literature: A Historical Perspective
Resistance, Revolution and Recuperation: The Literary Production of the Mestizo/Mexican-American/Chicano - Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez
The Importance of Being Sandra (Cisneros) - Eva Paulino Bueno
The Island as Mainland and the Revolving Door Motif: Contemporary Puerto Rican Literature of the United States - Patricia M. Montilla
Am I Who I Am? Identity Games in US Cuban Literature - Jorge Febles
Afro-Cuban Identity in the Theater of the Diaspora - Armando González-Pérez
Bewteen the Island and the Tenements: New Directions in Dominican-American Literature - Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez
Three Central American Writers: Alone Between Two Cultures - Vincent Spina
American Dream: Jeitinho Brasileiro: On the Crossroads of Cultural Identities in Brazilian-American Literature - Antonio Luciano de AndradeTosta
Argentine Writers in the US: Writing South, Living North - Sergio Waisman
A Balancing Act: Latin American Jewish Literature in the United States - Lydia Gil
US Latina Caribbean Women Poets: An Overview - Carlota Caulfield
The Latino Film Experience in History: A Dialogue Among Texts and Collaborators - Darién J Davis


The collection ultimately introduces a range of different cultures into the Latino construct and the chapters' concern with issues such as border crossings and hybridity mark this as an important addition to the field of Latino studies. YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES
A remarkable and valuable anthology that fulfils its aim as a companion to the burgeoning curricular and scholarly disciplines of US Latino Studies. Anyone interested in Latino writing.should go find this book and read it. THE AMERICAS, April 2008 [O]ffers diverse literary and filmic commentary on contemporary Latino culture. ARIZONA JOURNAL OF HISPANIC CULTURAL STUDIES

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