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

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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...
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Overview

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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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

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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)

Meet the Author


William Luis, professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University, is the author of several works, including Literary Bondage: Slavery in Cuban Narrative (1990). Born and raised in New York City, he is widely regarded as a leading authority on Latin American, Caribbean, Afro-Hispanic, and Latino U.S. literatures.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Setting New Roots: Latino Caribbean Literature in the United States 3
2 Puerto Rican American Poetry: Street Rhythms and Voices of the People 37
3 Puerto Ricans in New York: Memoirs of Bernardo Vega and Piri Thomas's Down These Mean Streets 99
4 Cuban American Poetry: The Cuban American Divide 148
5 Master Codes of Cuban American Culture: Oscar Hijuelos's The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and Cristina Garcia's Dreaming in Cuban 188
6 Dominican American Poetry: Culture in the Middest 235
7 A Search for Identity: in Julia Alvarez's How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents 266
8 Postmeditation on Latino, Race, and Identity 278
Notes 293
Bibliography 315
Index 337
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