Black Writers and the Hispanic Canon

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Scholar Richard Jackson challenges readers to broaden their view of the Hispanic literary canon beyond that written by Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to encompass the vast riches offered in the works of Black Hispanic writers such as Afro-Colombian Manuel Zapata Olivella, one of the most prolific black authors writing in Spanish over the last fifty years; Pilar Barrios, the dean of black writers in Uruguay; Juan Pablo Sojo, author of the first black novel in Venezuela; and many others. In this ground-breaking volume, Jackson considers major Black Latin American authors in poetry and prose from the early nineteenth century to the present, while highlighting the importance of fifteen key writers. Jackson demonstrates the central role played by writers such as the Cuban poets Juan Francisco Manzano and Nicolas Guillen and Ecuadorian novelist Adalberto Ortiz in the literary currents of Latin America. Their words bring a comprehensive exploration of the Black experience in Latin America, in-depth insights into the Black psyche, and literary works that are ambiguous, complex, and historically ambitious. Black Hispanic writers address topics such as imperialism, oppression, slavery, racism, and race mixing. The stories they tell, which are as American and New World - and as human - as any other, are about heroism and courage, often within the framework of epic stories of Black people on the move. Jackson examines race as the fundamental issue in Black Hispanic literature. Whether in autobiographical statements, fictional characterizations, or poetic personas, the authors' exploration of the race issue is part of what makes their works worth reading. In Jackson's view the authors' blackness not only enriches black literature but also the literary movements and forms represented by the conventional Hispanic canon. Black Writers and the Hispanic Canon is a critical step toward introducing the works of Black Hispanic writers to a wider audience and bringing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805778014
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Twayne's World Authors Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Complexity of Complexion: Reading and Understanding Black Hispanic Writing 1
Ch. 2 Biography and Black Autobiography: Black Hispanic Writers and the Autobiographical Statement 10
Ch. 3 Slavery and the Pivotal Afro-Cubans: Juan Francisco Manzano's Autobiografia, Nicolas Guillen's El diario que a diario, and Nancy Morejon's "Mujer negra" 20
Ch. 4 Miscegenation and Personal Choice in Venezuela: Message and mestizaje in Juan Pablo Sojo's Nochebuena negra 35
Ch. 5 Ambiguity, locura, and Black Ambition in Two Afro-Ecuadorian Novels: Adalberto Ortiz's Juyungo and Nelson Estupinan Bass's El ultimo rio 42
Ch. 6 Epic, Civic, and Moral Leadership: Manuel Zapata Olivella's Chambacu, corral de negros: Chango, el gran putas; and !Levantate mulato! 51
Ch. 7 Black Poetry and the Model Self: Pilar Barrios's Piel negra and Gerardo Maloney's Juega vivo 65
Ch. 8 Two Black Central American Novelists of antillano Origin: Race, Nationalism, and the Mirror Image in Cubena's Los nietos de Felicidad Dolores and Quince Duncan's Los cuatro espejos 72
Ch. 9 Dominican Blackness: Blas Jimenez's Caribe africano en despertar and Norberto James's Sobre la marcha 88
Ch. 10 Passing the Torch: Nicomedes Santa Cruz's Ritmos negros del Peru and Antonio Acosta Marquez's Yo pienso aqui donde . . . estoy 96
Ch. 11 From Authenticity to "Authentic Space": The Emergence, Challenge, and Validity of Black Hispanic Literature 104
Notes and References 109
Selected Bibliography 123
Index 133
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