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The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature

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John Morán González, Rodrigo Lazo, Laura Lomas, Richard T. Rodríguez , Ricardo L. Ortíz, Tiffany Ana López, Lucía M. Suárez, Paul Allatson, Norma Elia Cantú, Isabel Dúran, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Claudia Milian, Thea Pitman, Marta Caminero-Santangelo
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  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107044920


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  • The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature provides a thorough yet accessible overview of a literary phenomenon that has been rapidly globalizing over the past two decades. It takes an innovative approach that underscores the importance of understanding Latina/o literature not merely as an ethnic phenomenon in the United States, but more broadly as a crucial element of a trans-American literary imagination. Leading scholars in the field present critical analyses of key texts, authors, themes, and contexts, from the early nineteenth century to the present. They engage with the dynamics of migration, linguistic and cultural translation, and the uneven distribution of resources across the Americas that characterize Latina/o literature. This Companion will be an invaluable resource, introducing undergraduate and graduate students to the complexities of the field.

    • Treats Latina/o literature as a uniquely situated trans-American expressive practice
    • Provides an overview of major historical and methodological aspects of Latina/o literature
    • Demonstrates the relevance of Latina/o literature in the context of global literature
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    'The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature is a comprehensive compilation of literary criticism regarding Latin literature. González … opens the volume with a chronology of significant historical events affecting the Latin community and of seminal texts within the Latin canon.' Choice

    '… the comprehensive account of the complexities of Latina/o American identity politics and dynamic literary production over a vast period of time also offers a valuable resource for students and researchers alike.' Elizabeth Anne Jacobs, Modern Language Review

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    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107044920
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction John Morán González
    Part I. Early Trans-American Contacts and Conflicts:
    1. The trans-American literature of conquest and exile, 1836–85 Rodrigo Lazo
    2. The trans-American literature of conquest and revolution, 1881–1938 Laura Lomas
    3. Between ethnic Americans and racial subjects: Latina/o literature, 1936–59 John Morán González
    Part II. Latina/o Literature since 1960:
    4. The aesthetics of politics: cultural nationalist movements and Latina/o literature Richard T. Rodríguez
    5. The Cold War in the Americas and Latina/o literature Ricardo L. Ortíz
    6. The 1980s: Latina/o literature during the 'decade of the Hispanic' Tiffany Ana López
    7. Trans-American Latina/o literature of the 1990s: resisting neoliberalism Lucía M. Suárez
    8. From 'Latinidad' to 'Latinid@d': imagining the twenty-first century Paul Allatson
    Part III. Critical Methodologies and Themes:
    9. Latin@ poetics: voices Norma Elia Cantú
    10. Latino/a life writing: autobiography, memoir, testimonio Isabel Dúran
    11. Queering Latina/o literature Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
    12. Latinos and the like: reading mixture and deracination Claudia Milian
    13. Mestizaje and cyborgism on either side of the line Thea Pitman
    14. Historias transfronterizas: contemporary Latina/o literature of migration Marta Caminero-Santangelo.

  • Editor

    John Morán González, University of Texas, Austin
    John Morán González is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Mexican American and Latino Studies and the Department of American Studies. His publications include The Troubled Union: Expansionist Imperatives in Post-Reconstruction American Novels and Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican American Literature.


    John Morán González, Rodrigo Lazo, Laura Lomas, Richard T. Rodríguez , Ricardo L. Ortíz, Tiffany Ana López, Lucía M. Suárez, Paul Allatson, Norma Elia Cantú, Isabel Dúran, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Claudia Milian, Thea Pitman, Marta Caminero-Santangelo

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