Herencia: The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United States / Edition 1

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Herencia (meaning "inheritance" or "heritage") is the first anthology to bring together literature spanning the entire history of Hispanic writing in the United States, from the age of exploration to the present. The product of a ten-year project involving hundreds of scholars nationwide, Herencia is the most comprehensive literary collection available, covering over three centuries and including writers from all the major Hispanic ethnic communities as well as a broad sample of writing from diverse genres.
Here is the voice of the conqueror and the conquered, the revolutionary and the reactionary, the native and the uprooted or landless. Of course, readers will find pieces by such leading writers as Piri Thomas, Luis Valdez, Isabel Allende, Oscar Hijuelos, and Reinaldo Arenas. But what truly distinguish this anthology are its historical depth and its rich, complex portrait of Hispanic literature in the United States. Beginning with Cabeza de Vaca's account of his explorations in the New World, the anthology includes a passage from La Florida, a narrative historical poem of 22,000 verses, written by Franciscan friar Alonso de Escobedo. It also features an attack on Mexican stereotypes in the nascent movie industry written by Nicasio Idar, editor of Laredo's La Cronica; and an essay about Coney Island written by revolutionary Jose Marti.
Embracing Chicano, Nuyorican, Cuban American, and Latino writings, the voices of immigrants and the voices of exiles, Herencia makes a vital contribution to our understanding not only of Hispanic writing in the United States, but also of the great contribution Hispanics have made to the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The publication of Herencia marks the formal birth in the academy of an entire genre of literature. For an apt comparison, we would have to turn to comparable anthologies of American literature first published in the nineteenth century. Nicolas Kanellos has made a major contribution to redefining even what it means to speak of 'American' literature." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"0nce in a while, a book comes along which topples institutional thinking and set beliefs. Herencia is such a book! Nicolas Kanellos's brilliant introduction is more than that. It is a manifesto. A turning-point document of American literary history."—Ishmael Reed

"Finally a major, out-reaching, reliable map of the Hispanic experience in the U.S. With impressive range, texture, and resonance, Herencia illuminates the history, emotions, and meaning of Hispanic-American life. Because of his long-standing devotion to this literature, only Nicolas Kanellos could have been able to accomplish this task with such authority and care. As a living memory, this magnificent book opens its pages to the cross-cultural language of our best future."—Julio Ortega, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University

"Libraries should own a copy of Herencia; teachers should incorporate it into classes on American and U.S. Hispanic literature, history, politics, or cultural diversity; students should turn to it for authoritative excerpts of Hispanic writing; and general readers should browse Herencia for its sheer insight into the literary and historical legacy of contemporary Hispanic culture."—Hispanic Outlook

"Ten years in the making, this anthology is an unprecedented collection of writing in North America from the age of the Spanish explorers in the 16th century to the present.... Herencia is absolutely indispensable."—Library Journal

Library Journal
Ten years in the making, this anthology is an unprecedented collection of writing in North America from the age of the Spanish explorers in the 16th century to the present. Kanellos is most famous for founding Arte P blico Press, the oldest Hispanic publishing house in the United States. As he states in his lengthy introduction, while most people think American letters began with the English Colonies, Spanish had been spoken and written in North America since the early 1500s. From the writings of explorers like Alvar N ez Cabeza de Vaca, who wandered from Florida to the Southwest for eight years, to the early political defense of Hispanic culture in 19th-century Texas, to the classic verse of the Nuyorican poets of urban postwar America, Herencia comprehensively collects an underacknowledged literature. The anthology is divided into sometimes questionable sections, as when the categorization is based on a writer's birthplace rather than the content of his or her work. This is especially evident in the placement of Junot D az, whose work epitomizes U.S. Latino writing, in the "immigrant" section. Still, the difficulty of categorizing the Latino experience excuses this problem, and since so many essential works from Pedro Pietri, Cherrie Moraga, Reinaldo Arenas, Julia de Burgos, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonz lez, and Jos Mart are included, Herencia is absolutely indispensable. Recommended for all academic and public libraries. Adriana Lopez, "Cr ticas" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195138252
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/18/2003
  • Edition description: English and Spanish Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicolas Kanellos is the Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Literature at the University of Houston and the Director of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, a major national research program. He is also founding publisher of the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review and founder of the nation's oldest and most esteemed Hispanic publishing house, Arte Público Press.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of Hispanic Literature of the United States 1
Pt. I The Literature of Exploration and Colonization 33
The Account 35
Discovery of the Seven Cities of Cibola 39
La Florida 46
History of New Mexico 47
The Account 56
Lord, if the shepherd does not hear the sheep's complaint 58
Pt. II Native Literature 65
Toward a Mestizo Culture 67
By This Divine Light 67
The Comanches 69
Little Indian Ballad of Placida Romero 86
The Contest of Coffee and Corn Gruel 89
Memories of Things Past 92
Testimony Recounted by Jose Francisco Palomares 92
A Glimpse of Domestic Life in 1827 94
Occurrences in Hispanic California 95
Letter to William Heath Davis 100
"The Old Guide": Surveyor, Scout, Hunter, Indian Fighter, Ranchman, Preacher: His Life in His Own Words 102
Roots of Resistance 106
Personal Memoirs of John N. Seguin, from the Year 1834 to the Retreat of General Woll from the City of San Antonio 1842 106
Editorials 109
The Californios 111
Proclamation 112
Joaquin Murieta: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 115
The Real Billy the Kid 120
The Squatter and the Don 123
Defending Cultural and Civil Rights 130
A Protest Rally, 1901 130
Plea for the Spanish Language 135
The Spanish Language: A Plea to the Hispanic Legislators 139
For Our Race: Preservation of Nationalism; We Should Work 142
Greetings and Aims 144
Open Letter to a Libelist 145
Ignorance: The Cause of Racial Discrimination; The Evolution of Mexican-Americans 152
The Mexican Question in the Southwest 156
Step-Children of a Nation 162
The Mexico-Texan; The Hammon and the Beans 170
Preserving Cultural Traditions 176
The Courteous and Kindly Child and the "Good People" on the Underground Passageway 176
The Phantoms at San Luis Rey 178
Samuel's Christmas Eve 183
The First Cactus Blossom 184
Midwife 186
The Clown of San Cristobal 188
The Fiddler and the Angelito 191
Militant Aesthetics 195
I Am Joaquin 195
Pilgrims in Aztion 199
must be the season of the witch; mis ojos hinchados 205
Dear Rafe 207
Puerto Rican Obituary 212
Saliendo; Light after Blackout 220
Los Vendidos 222
Contemporary Reflections on Identity 231
The Truth about Them 231
Down These Mean Streets 234
A Lower East Side Poem 238
Uncle Claudio 241
my graduation speech; the africa in pedro morejon 244
La Guera 247
How to Tame a Wild Tongue 254
Above All, a Family Man 262
My Name Is Maria Christina; Anonymous Apartheid 266
Ending Poem 269
Our House in the Last World 271
Day of the Moon 280
Anything but Love 285
Rites of Passage 291
Going Up North 291
My Wonder Horse 296
First Communion 301
The Moths 304
Amanda 308
Volar; Maria Elena; Exile 314
New Directions in Poetry 319
Day Laborer; Strange City 319
The Latest Latin Dance Craze; today is a day of great joy; Loisaida; energy 320
Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway 326
Legal Alien; Curandera 329
Mi abuelo; Wet Camp; Nani 331
Pt. III The Literature of Immigration 335
Encounters With the Modern City 337
Two Views of Coney Island 337
New York from Within: One Aspect of its Bohemian Life 341
Fourth Missive 344
Lucas Guevara 348
A Song for Wall Street; the Secret 352
The Hispanic Barrio 353
Tropics in Manhattan 356
Negotiating New Realities 360
My Valise 360
The Factory 361
The Texas Sun 364
The Adventures of Don Chipote or, When Parrots Breast Feed 367
Easy Jobs 372
Memoirs of Bernardo Vega 374
The Dishwasher; The Departee 379
A Jibaro's Lament; A Jibaro in New York 385
Prayer to Home Relief 387
Take the Dead Man Away 389
El Coyote/The Rebel 391
The Oxcart 394
Scribbles 399
The Night We Became People Again 403
El Super 411
Diary of an Undocumented Immigrant 414
No Face 417
Odyssey to the North 421
Early Perspectives on Class and Gender 425
The Rebel Is a Girl 425
The Emotions of Maria Concepcion 429
How Poor Women Prostitute Themselves 432
The Intelligent Woman 434
The Stenographer 436
I'm Going to Mexico 438
The Flapper 441
Women and Puerto Rican Identity 442
Editorial Discontent 444
Speech Read by the Author on the Evening That the "Society of Workers" Celebrated the Twenty-Fourth Anniversary of its Founding 444
The Castilian Language and Puerto Rico 445
Editorial, August 7, 1927 447
How to Unite the Puerto Rican Colony 448
Those Who Return 451
Open Letter to Don Luis Munoz Marin, President of the Puerto Rican Senate; United States 453
Cultural (Dis)Junctures 458
The Key West Rose 458
A Prayer in the Snow 462
Barrio Boy 465
Kipling and I 470
Miracle on Eighth and Twelfth 473
Chronicles; Self-Portrait 475
The Herb Shop 476
The Argonauts 483
Reflections on the Dislocated Self 488
I Was My Own Route; Farewell in Welfare Island 488
Horizons; Five-Pointed Stars 491
Mexico; Dark Romance; Marina Mother 493
Spared Angola; Going Under 496
The Greatest Performance 499
A Matrix Light 503
Pt. IV The Literature of Exile 509
Struggle for Spanish-American Independence 511
On Behalf of Mankind: To All the Inhabitants of the Islands and the Vast Continent of Spanish America 511
Mexicans: Signaled by Providence 517
Necessary Ideas for All Independent People of the Americas Who Want to Be Free 521
Essay on Slavery; Jicotencal 522
To the People of Cuba 533
With All, for the Good of All 536
Hymn of the Exile 545
Hymn of the Exile 545
Always: Song of the Cuban Women 549
To Spain 551
In Greenwood 557
My Flag 558
Ode to October 10 560
A Statistic; Fragments 563
Hatuey 566
Simple Verses 575
Against Tyranny 578
Why Are You Still Here, Mexican Men? Fly to the Battlefield 578
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