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The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature

1st Edition

Edited by Suzanne Bost, Frances R. Aparicio


566 pages

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Latino/a literature is one of the fastest developing fields in the discipline of literary studies. It represents an identity that is characterized by fluidity and diversity, often explored through divisions formed by language, race, gender, sexuality, and immigration.

The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature presents over forty essays by leading and emerging international scholars of Latino/a literature and analyses:

  • Regional, cultural and sexual identities in Latino/a literature
  • Worldviews and traditions of Latino/a cultural creation
  • Latino/a literature in different international contexts
  • The impact of differing literary forms of Latino/a literature
  • The politics of canon formation in Latino/a literature.

This collection provides a map of the critical issues central to the discipline, as well as uncovering new perspectives and new directions for the development of the field. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the past, present and future of this literary culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Identities 1. Latinidad Marta Caminero-Santangelo 2. Mestizaje Rafael Pérez-Torres 3. Afro-Latino/a Literature and Identity William Luis 4. Urban Spaces Raúl Homero Villa 5. Feminisms Patricia Marina Trujillo 6. Masculinities Jennifer Domino Rudolph 7 . Queerness Sandra K. Soto 7. Illness Suzanne Bost 8. Chicana/o & Latina/o Literary Studies In Mexico Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius and María del Socorro Gutiérrez Magallanes 9. Latino/a Literature In Western Europe Frauke Gewecke 10. Latino/a Literary Studies In Siberia Elena Nakaznaya 12. Latina/o Literature In The Arab World Dalia Gomaa Part 2: Worldviews 1. Citizenship Belinda Linn Rincón and Suzanne Oboler 2. Marxist Literary Criticism Mathias Nilges 3. Neoliberalism Kristy L. Ulibarri 4. Nationalism John Alba Cutler 5. Transnationalism Elizabeth Russ 6. Indigeneity George Hartley 7. Environmentalism Grisel Y. Acosta Part 3: Traditions 1. Negotiating Language Allison E. Fagan 2. Latino/A Literature and The Uses Of Folklore María Eugenia Cotera 3. Popular Music Frances R. Aparicio 4. Spirituality Theresa Delgadillo 5. Culinary Encounters In Latino/A Literature Meredith E. Abarca 6. Themes In Latino/A Visual Art Constance Cortez Part 4: Literary Forms 1. Teatro Jon D. Rossini 2. Poetry Urayoán Noel 3. Novel David J. Vázquez 4. Memoir, Autobiography, Testimonio Norma E. Cantú 5. Revistas Roberta Fernández 6. Magical Realism Frederick Luis Aldama 7. Chica Lit Tace Hedrick 8. Science Fiction Emily A. Maguire 9. Comics Frederick Luis Aldama 10. Children’s Literature Mary Pat Brady Part 5: Canons 1. The Formation of a Latino/a Canon Raphael Dalleo and Elena Machado Sáez 2. Chicano/A Literature Hector Calderón 3. Boricua Literatur Lisa Sánchez González 4. Cuban-American Literature Ricardo L. Ortíz 5. Dominican-American Literature Silvio Torres-Saillant 6. South American Latino/a Writers in the United States Juanita Heredia 7. Literatures of Central Americans in the United States Ana Patricia Rodríguez 8. Literature of the Borderlands María-Socorro Tabuenca Cordoba 9. Thirty Years of Chicana/Latina Lesbian Literary Production Alicia Gaspar de Alba 10. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic literary heritage José F. Aranda, Jr. 11. Authors, Readers, and the Mediations Of Print Culture Kirsten Silva Gruesz 12. Censorship and Latino/a Texts Laura Halperin

About the Editors

Suzanne Bost is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University, Chicago, USA.

Frances Aparicio is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University, Evanston, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Literature Companions

Field-defining volumes in new and exciting areas of literary studies. These volumes are ideal introductions for beginners, or handy volumes for those already working in the field: summarising current scholarship, whilst pushing the boundaries of emerging trends they are must-have collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / Hispanic American
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American