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.
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.
Introduction Part 1: Identities 1. Latinidad Marta Caminero-Santangelo 2. Mestizaje Rafael Perez-Torres 3. Afro-Latino/a Literature and Identity William Luis 4. Urban Spaces Raul 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 Maria del Socorro Gutierrez 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 Rincon 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 Maria 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 Urayoan Noel 3. Novel David J. Vazquez 4. Memoir, Autobiography, Testimonio Norma E. Cantu 5. Revistas Roberta Fernandez 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 Saez 2. Chicano/A Literature Hector Calderon 3. Boricua Literatur Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez 4. Cuban-American Literature Ricardo L. Ortiz 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 Rodriguez 8. Literature of the Borderlands Maria-Socorro Tabuenca Cordoba 9. Thirty Years of Chicana/Latina Lesbian Literary Production Alicia Gaspar de Alba 10. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic literary heritage Jose F. Aranda, Jr. 11. Authors, Readers, and the Mediations Of Print Culture Kirsten Silva Gruesz 12. Censorship and Latino/a Texts Laura Halperin