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1st Edition

The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature

ISBN 9780415667883
Published January 30, 2013 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature presents the first comprehensive overview of these popular, experimental and diverse literary cultures.

Frederick Luis Aldama traces a historical path through Latino/a literature, examining both the historical and political contexts of the works, as well as their authors and the readership. He also provides an enlightening analysis of:

  • the differing sub-groups of Latino/a literature, including Mexican American, Cuban American, Puerto Rican American, Dominican American, and Central and South American émigré authors
  • established and emerging literary trends such as the postmodern, historical, chica-lit storytelling formats and the graphic novel
  • key literary themes, including gender and sexuality, feminist and queer voices, and migration and borderlands.

The author’s methodology and interpretation of a wealth of information will put this rich and diverse area of literary culture into a new light for scholars. The book’s student-friendly features such as a glossary, guide to further reading, explanatory text boxes and chapter summaries, make this the ideal text for anyone approaching the area for the first time.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Who is a Latino/a Author? What is Latino/a Literature?  2. Latino/a Literary Foundations  3. Latino/a Literary Renaissance  4. Feminist and Queer Turns  5. New Latino/a Forms  Coda: Production, Dissemination, and Consumption on a Global Stage

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Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University, where he is also Director of the Latino Studies Program and Latino & Latin American Studies Space for Enrichment and Research (L.A.S.E.R).


"Frederick Luis Aldama has taken on a herculean task in writing The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature... [H]e has written an invaluable resource that will be used by teachers, students and any lover of literature for many years to come." - Daniel A. Olivas, The El Paso Times