Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States

Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States

by William Luis
     
 

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In Dance Between Two Cultures, William Luis analyzes the most salient and representative narrative and poetic works of the newest literary movement to emerge in Spanish American and U.S. literatures. The book is divided into three sections, focused on representative Puerto Rican American, Cuban American, and Dominican American authors. Luis traces the writers' origins… See more details below

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In Dance Between Two Cultures, William Luis analyzes the most salient and representative narrative and poetic works of the newest literary movement to emerge in Spanish American and U.S. literatures. The book is divided into three sections, focused on representative Puerto Rican American, Cuban American, and Dominican American authors. Luis traces the writers' origins and influences from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing especially on the contemporary works of Oscar Hijuelos, Julia Alvarez, Cristina Garcia, and Piri Thomas, among others. While engaging in close readings of the texts, Luis places them in a broader social, historical, political, and racial perspective to expose the tension between text and context.

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From the Publisher
Dance Between Two Cultures provides an insightful and well-informed overview of the literature of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican writers in this country. There is no comparable book, and its topic is undoubtedly timely and important.
—Randolph D. Pope, Washington University

In Dance Between Two Cultures, William Luis has created a field of study. This book will be the cornerstone of a new discipline.
—Roberto Gonzalez Echevarraa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826513953
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Robert Gonzalez Echevarria
In Dance Between Two Cultures William Luis has created a field of study. This book will be the cornerstone of a new discipline.
Cristina Garcia
...offers the best, most resonant treatment I've ever read on my book Dreaming in Cuban. -- Cristina Garcia

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