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1st Edition

The Companion to Latin American Studies

ISBN 9780340806821
Published January 31, 2003 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This guide gives a brief and accessible overview of the whole of Latin American Studies. Covering all the possible topics, from colonial cultures and identity to US Latino culture and issues of race, gender and sexuality, this book situates Latin America in its historical, linguistic and cultural context. Whether taking a single module or a whole degree in Latin American Studies, this book provides students with a reliable companion throughout the course.

Written by an international team of experts, each chapter in the book supplies the necessary basic information and a sound introduction to key ideas, issues and debates. In addition to 13 short chapters on the main topics in Latin American Studies, the Companion includes time-lines, a glossary of terms and annotated suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

Latin American Geographies
Politics and Society
The Cultures of Colonialism
'Civilization and Barbarism'
Latin American Literatures
Approaches to Latin American Literature
Latino US Literature
Latino US Literature
Latin American Visual Cultures
Popular Culture in Latin America
Race in Latin America
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
Latin American Studies and the Global System.

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Philip Swanson is Professor of Spanish, University of Sheffield, UK


The Companion to Latin American Studies is a book which covers an excellent range of material and will prove to be an essential guide for students and lecturers alike. This book is highly useful: well written, with a clear exposition of ideas, it should provide an ideal course book for students and a resource book for lecturers.
Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research

Swanson and his cohorts have gertainly added more grist to the mill with this informative and provocative collection of essays.
Bulletin of Spanish Studies