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Latino/a Literature in the Classroom

Twenty-first-century approaches to teaching, 1st Edition

Edited by Frederick Luis Aldama


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In one of the most rapidly growing areas of literary study, this volume provides the first comprehensive guide to teaching Latino/a literature in all variety of learning environments. Essays by internationally renowned scholars offer an array of approaches and methods to the teaching of the novel, short story, plays, poetry, autobiography, testimonial, comic book, children and young adult literature, film, performance art, and multi-media digital texts, among others. The essays provide conceptual vocabularies and tools to help teachers design courses that pay attention to:

  • Issues of form across a range of storytelling media
  • Issues of content such as theme and character
  • Issues of historical periods, linguistic communities, and regions
  • Issues of institutional classroom settings

The volume innovatively adds to and complicates the broader humanities curriculum by offering new possibilities for pedagogical practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Are We Teaching When Teaching Latino/a Literature? Frederick Luis Aldama Part 1. Teaching Foundational Moments Chapter 1. Recovered and Recovery Texts of the Nineteenth Century, Jesse Alemán Chapter 2. Modernism, Modernity and U.S. Latino/a Literature, Sheila Contreras Chapter 3. Latino/a Queer Expressions, Richard T. Rodriguez Chapter 4. Spanglish in the Classroom: A Linguistic Approach to Code-switching in Latino/a Literature, Jennifer Carolina Gómez Menjívar Chapter 5. Crisscrossed Languages, Heather Alumbaugh Chapter 6. Transnational Forms, Monica Hanna and Jennifer Hartford Vargas Chapter 7. Latino Literary Non-fiction, Michael Nieto Garcia Part 2. Teaching Parts That Make up the Latino/a Whole Chapter 8. Teaching Mexican American/Chicano Authors, Christopher González Chapter 9. Teaching the Hispanophone Caribbean, María Acosta Cruz Chapter 10. Teaching Boricua Literature, Lisa Sánchez González Chapter 11. Central American U.S. Latinos, Ana Patricia Rodríguez Part 3. Teaching Poetry, Theatre, and Performance Arts Chapter 12. Poetry, Urayoán Noel Chapter 13. Theatre, William Orchard Chapter 14. Teaching U.S. Latino/a Performance, Marivel T. Danielson Chapter 15. Performance pedagogy in the Latino literature classroom: Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s La Pocha Nostra, Paloma Martínez-Cruz Part 4. Other Latino/a Forms and Spaces Chapter 16. Teaching Comics By and About Latinos, Frederick Luis Aldama Chapter 17. Crowdsourcing Latino literary study: participatory learning and enhanced e-books, Ellen McCracken Chapter 18. Young Adult and Children’s Literature, Jackie White Chapter 19. Teaching Matters of Class and Style with Chica Lit, Tace Hedrick Chapter 20. Teaching the Suburbs, Randy Ontiveros Chapter 21. Defamiliarized Bodies: Disability Studies in the Latina/o Literature Classroom, Julie Minich Part 5. Snapshots: Case Studies in Action Chapter 22. Teaching Oscar "Zeta" Acosta, Christopher González Chapter 23. Teaching Gloría Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga, Ellen Gil Gomez Chapter 24. Teaching Ana Castillo, Magdalena Barrera Chapter 25. Teaching Ana Castillo Part 2, Nan Tynberg Chapter 26. Teaching Sandra Cisneros, Brant Torres Chapter 27. Teaching Denise Chávez and Pat Mora, Ellen Gil Gomez Chapter 28. Teaching Jimmy Baca, Cruz Medina Chapter 29. Teaching Junot Díaz, David Colón Chapter 30. Teaching Cristina García, Elena Foulis Chapter 31. Teaching Arturo Islas, Frederick Luis Aldama Chapter 32. Teaching Andrés Montoya, Stephanie Fetta Chapter 33. Teaching Richard Rodriguez, Juan Velasco Chapter 34. Teaching María Ruiz de Burton, Amelia Maria de la Luz Montes Chapter 35. Teaching Luis Valdez and Zoot Suit, Marilyn Patton Chapter 36. Teaching María Helena Viramontes, Paula Moya Glossary Bibliography Index

About the Editor

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University, USA, where he is also Director of the Latino Studies Program and founder and director of Latino and Latin American Studies Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American