Contemporary U. S. Latino a Literary Criticism

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This is the first inter-group and gender inclusive collection of scholarship in U.S. Latino literary criticism that begins with the assumption that the literature written by U.S. Latinos is as important an object of scholarship as U.S. Latino/a history, sociology, and culture, fields that have dominated previous inter-group anthologies. Some of the most important and insightful Latino and Latina literary scholars in the field write on authors from the four major Latino/a groups— Cuban American, Dominican ...

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Overview

This is the first inter-group and gender inclusive collection of scholarship in U.S. Latino literary criticism that begins with the assumption that the literature written by U.S. Latinos is as important an object of scholarship as U.S. Latino/a history, sociology, and culture, fields that have dominated previous inter-group anthologies. Some of the most important and insightful Latino and Latina literary scholars in the field write on authors from the four major Latino/a groups— Cuban American, Dominican American, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican American. The anthology evaluates the state of U.S. Latino/a literary study and projects a vision of that study for the twenty-first century. This book is divided into four major areas of literary inquiry: analyses of the psychic relations between the Latino/a subject and its mimetic others; explorations of the complexities of race and Afro-Latino/a poetics; studies of the representation of labor in the Latino/a literary imagination; and genealogical and archival assessment of U.S. Latino literature’s relationship with American, Caribbean, and Latin American literatures and histories.

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“This collection brings together an impressive group of established and young scholars to produce a multi-layered, theoretically complex approach to the practices of Latino/a criticism. These essays continue the dialogue about ambivalent identities and the usefulness (or lack thereof) of contemporary literary theory in helping scholars tease out the meaning of Latino/a texts. It should prove a valuable and popular text for scholars and students of Latino/a literature.”—Lisa Paravisini, Vassar College

"Welcome to 21st century literary criticism of the Americas, where the foreign is domestic, the strange familiar, and the presumed outsider is the ultimate insider. Free from the idea that Latino/a literature's work is identity politics, Contemporary US Latino/a Literary Criticism takes the path less taken and asks how does this literature offers alternative ways of understanding today's world. In contrast to most writing on the subject, this collection is also not about how Latinos are becoming Americans. Rather, it's about how the people of the United States are becoming Americans in a whole different way."—Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Professor of English and Latino Studies, Columbia University

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Meet the Author

Lyn Di Iorio Sandín is the author of Killing Spanish: Literary Essays on Ambivalent U.S. Latino/a Identity (Palgrave Macmillan 2004). She has recently finished her first novel called Outside the Bones, and her short fiction has been published in The Bilingual Review, The Hogtown Creek Review, and The Texas Review, among other venues. She is also the author of articles and translations. She is currently a specialist in Latino/a and Caribbean literatures at The City College of New York.

Richard Perez is working towards his Ph.D. in English and American literatures at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is currently writing his dissertation on the Specter in Post-colonial and Trans-American literature. His work has appeared in Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Perez also writes book reviews for Tempo, the Latino section of The New York Post. He teaches at Hunter College.

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Table of Contents

The Latino Scapegoat: Knowledge through Death in Short Stories by Joyce Carol Oates and Junot Díaz—Lyn Di Iorio Sandín * Alternative Visions and the Souvenir Collectible in Nelly Rosario's "Song of the Water Saints"—Victoria A. Chevalier
• Spirited Identities: Creole Religions, Creole/U.S. Latina Literature, and the Initiated Reader—Margarite Fernández Olmos
• Racial Spills and Disfigured Faces in Piri Thomas's Down These Mean Streets and Junot Díaz's "Ysrael"—Richard Perez
• The Once and Future Latino: Notes Toward a Literary History todavía para llegar—Kirsten Silva Gruesz * Hurricanes, Magic, and Politics in Cristina García's The Agüero Sisters—William Luis * Latin Americans and Latinos: Terms of Engagement—Román de la Campa * Inheriting' Exile: Cuban-American Writers in the Diaspora—O'Reilly Herrera * So your social is real?' Vernacular Theorists and Economic Transformation—Mary Pat Brady
• Oscar Hijuelos: Writer of Work—Rodrigo Lazo
• Mass Production of the Heartland: Cuban American Lesbian Camp in Achy Obejas's "Wrecks"—Maria DeGuzman

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