The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]

Overview

From East L.A. to the barrios of New York City and the Cuban neighborhoods of Miami, Latino literature, or literature written by Hispanic peoples of the United States, is the written word of North America's vibrant Latino communities. Emerging from the fusion of Spanish, North American, and African cultures, it has always been part of the American mosaic. Written for students and general readers, this encyclopedia surveys the vast landscape of Latino literature from the colonial era to the present. Aiming to be ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $289.80   
  • New (2) from $289.80   
  • Used (1) from $329.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

From East L.A. to the barrios of New York City and the Cuban neighborhoods of Miami, Latino literature, or literature written by Hispanic peoples of the United States, is the written word of North America's vibrant Latino communities. Emerging from the fusion of Spanish, North American, and African cultures, it has always been part of the American mosaic. Written for students and general readers, this encyclopedia surveys the vast landscape of Latino literature from the colonial era to the present. Aiming to be as broad and inclusive as possible, the encyclopedia covers all of native North American Latino literature as well as that created by authors originating in virtually every country of Spanish America and Spain. Included are more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries written by roughly 60 expert contributors. While most of the entries are on writers, such as Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Oscar Hijuelos, and Piri Thomas, others cover genres, ethnic and national literatures, movements, historical topics and events, themes, concepts, associations and organizations, and publishers and magazines. Special attention is given to the cultural, political, social, and historical contexts in which Latino literature has developed. Entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography.

Entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. The encyclopedia gives special attention to the social, cultural, historical, and political contexts of Latino literature, thus making it an ideal tool to help students use literature to learn about history and cultural diversity.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"… this survey comprehensively covers the iconic figures, events and writes of Hispanic literature in the United States. This outstanding guide is recommended for all libraries serving a Latino population or supporting the study of Hispanic literature."

-

Lawrence Looks at Books

"This is a remarkably compelling, thought-provoking, and readable reference set that belongs in all academic libraries as well as all good-sized public libraries."

-

Library Journal

"This set covers authors (Lucia Parsons, Rudolfo Anaya, José Martí), genres (prison literature), themes (barrio, Hispanic identity), styles (Nuyorican, Cuban, African), events (Operation Wetback, Mexican Revolution), publishers (Arte Público, Gráfico), and issues (repatriation, bilingualism) beginning in colonial times. Among 700 entries compiled by 60 scholars, 'orality' describes the preservation of dialect in text. 'La Llorona' provides a feminist overview, ties to authors and Frida Kahlo's paintings, and three citations for further reading. 'Américo Paredes' comprises North American ethnography and Chicano activism. Illustrations—a wanted poster for Joaquin Murrieta and photos of Californio singers and Texas Rangers displaying bandit corpses—enhance the entry 'corrido.' Folklore incorporates bilingual songs, games, riddles, proverbs, and Arawak mythology…Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."

-

Choice

"Greenwood has the edge in visual appeal, given its inclusion of many black-and-white author photographs… Academically, Greenwood provides more heft, not only in its sheer number of pages, but also through its lengthy essays that analyze related themes, movements, and historical events.' - Reviewed with Encyclopedia of HIspanic-American Literature (Facts on File)."

-

School Library Journal

"The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature will be most useful in public libraries and as a springboard for further study in undergraduate libraries."

-

ARBA

"In this encyclopedia, a project of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage program, well respected

Hispanic scholar, publisher, and editor Kanellos brings together hundreds of entries on Latino authors as well as concepts, themes, movements, genres, events, and organizations that have shaped this literature from colonial times to the present. Aiming to cover the broad spectrum that is Latino literature, more than 700 entries range from a single paragraph to several pages, and each is written in a style that is not only accessible to those with a passing interest but also provides enough information for a comprehensive understanding of the topic and its importance. … The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature provides important information for scholars and general readers alike and is an excellent addition to public and academic libraries."

-

Booklist

"The writing style of entries is accessible and even provides English translations of literary titles and terms that are written in Spanish. Special features of the encyclopedia include a comprehensive list of entries at the beginning of each volume, numerous cross references throughout, and a comprehensive index in Volume Three. Black and white captioned photographs are included with many entries. This will be a welcome addition for secondary school, public, and academic libraries."

-

Library Media Connection

"I found the work entertaining, as well as highly informative and would recommend it for high school and college collections, along with public libraries seeking to expand their holdings in a field that will grow exponentially with the fast-growing Latino population."

-

Catholic Library World

". . . offers more in-depth coverage of historical and cultural events and topics that have influenced Latino authors. . . . the coverage of additional authors as well as the many scholarly topical essays provided in The Greenwood Encyclopedia makes this set a worthwhile additional purchase for those libraries that already own Latino and Latina Writers. . . . all academic and larger public libraries should purchase both Latino and Latina Writers and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature."

-

Reference & User Services Quarterly

". . . this three volume encyclopedia provides an invaluable additional contribution to the scholarship of Hispanic literature. . . . The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature is highly recommended for academic and public libraries."

-

Reference Reviews

Library Journal

The abundance of recent collections of Latino authors and criticism supports editor Kanellos's highly persuasive argument that Latino/Hispanic literature has until recently been unjustly ignored and even suppressed by the U.S. literary establishment for racist reasons. Kanellos (Brown Fdn. Professor of Hispanic Studies, Univ.of Houston) also argues convincingly that Spanish-language works can justifiably be seen as the "true, authentic beginnings of literature in the United States." Kanellos, a leading scholar of Latino literature himself, oversees the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage program to place predominantly Spanish-language creative authors (no literary critics) and their works into the mainstream traditions of American literature. A significant expansion of Kanellos's Hispanic Literature of the United State s (Greenwood, 2003), this new work has about 700 entries from some 60 academic literary scholars focusing on Latino authors and their surviving works created in what is now the United States from the colonial period to the present. Entries for authors typically range in length from about 400 to 2000 words, while entries for topics such as theater often run to well over 20,000 words; bibliographies abound. Salem's three-volume Notable Latino Writers(2006), though working toward similar goals, has only 122 entries, is aimed at less-advanced readers, and takes most of its information from several earlier Salem books, most notably its five-volume Cyclopedia of World Authors(fourth ed., 2004).
—Peter Dollard

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313339707
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2008
  • Pages: 1456
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 3.10 (d)

Meet the Author

NICOLAS KANELLOS is Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston and the founding publisher of both The Americas Review and Arte Publico Press. Professor Kanellos is also the director of a major national research program, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. His many books include Hispanic Literature of the United States: A Comprehensive Reference (Greenwood, 2003).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Guide to Related Topics

Alphabetical Entries

Bibliography

Advisory Board: Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage

Contributors

Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)