Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook

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Over the past few decades, a wave of immigration has turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a "mainstream" and supposedly pure "Anglo" America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city's history. They represent what Walt Whitman once celebrated as "the Spanish element of our...

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Overview

Over the past few decades, a wave of immigration has turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a "mainstream" and supposedly pure "Anglo" America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city's history. They represent what Walt Whitman once celebrated as "the Spanish element of our nationality."

Hispanic New York is the first anthology to offer a comprehensive view of this multifaceted heritage. Combining familiar materials with other selections that are either out of print or not easily accessible, Claudio Iván Remeseira makes a compelling case for New York as a paradigm of the country's Latinoization. His anthology mixes primary sources with scholarly and journalistic essays on history, demography, racial and ethnic studies, music, art history, literature, linguistics, and religion, and the authors range from historical figures, such as José Martí, Bernardo Vega, or Whitman himself, to contemporary writers, such as Paul Berman, Ed Morales, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Roberto Suro, and Ana Celia Zentella. This unique volume treats the reader to both the New York and the American experience, as reflected and transformed by its Hispanic and Latino components.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Sam Roberts

A rich anthology of the history, ethnicity, language and culture of a city with the largest and most diverse Hispanic population in the country.

World Literature Today - Catharine E. Wall

A significant milestone in Nueva York studies as an interdisciplinary, multinational field with hemispheric and transatlantic scope.

Latino Studies - Ramona Hernandez

...should be required reading for anyone interested in the study of people of Latin American descent in New York.

New York Times
A rich anthology of the history, ethnicity, language and culture of a city with the largest and most diverse Hispanic population in the country.

— Sam Roberts

World Literature Today
A significant milestone in Nueva York studies as an interdisciplinary, multinational field with hemispheric and transatlantic scope.

— Catharine E. Wall

Latino Studies
...should be required reading for anyone interested in the study of people of Latin American descent in New York.

— Ramona Hernandez

Sam Roberts
…a rich anthology of the history, ethnicity, language and culture of a city with the largest and most diverse Hispanic population in the country.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231148191
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2010
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 834,210
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudio Iván Remeseira is an award-winning journalist, writer, and cultural critic. He is founder and director of the Hispanic New York Project, hosted by Columbia University's American Studies Program, where he teaches a seminar on New York's Latino, Latin American, and Iberian cultural heritage.

Andrew Delbanco is professor and director of American studies at Columbia University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Andrew DelbancoNote on the SelectionsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: New York City and the Emergence of a New Hemispheric Identity, by Claudio Iván Remeseira1. People and CommunitiesHistorical PerspectivesThe Evolution of the Latino Community in New York: Nineteenth Century to Late Twentieth Century, by Gabriel Haslip-VieraA Vindication of CubaOur America, by José MartíMemoirs of Bernardo Vega: A Contribution to the History of the Puerto Rican Community in New York (excerpts), by Bernardo VegaHalfway to Dick and Jane: A Puerto Rican Pilgrimage, by Jack AgüerosNew York: Teetering on the Heights, by Roberto SuroThe Hispanic Impact Upon the United States, by Theodore S. Beardsley Jr.In Search of Latinas in U.S. History, 1540--1970s, by Virginia Sánchez KorrolThe Spanish Element in Our Nationality, by Walt WhitmanPerspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and ReligionRacial Themes in the Literature: Puerto Ricans and Other Latinos, by Clara E. RodríguezThe Emergence of Latino Panethnicity, by Milagros Ricourt and Ruby DantaCreole Religions of the Caribbean, by Margarite Fernández Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert2. Cultural HybridizationsLanguage and Literature: A Bilingual TraditionNew York City: Center and Transit Point of Hispanic Cultural Nomadism, by Dionisio CañasPuerto Rican Voices in English, by Carmen Dolores HernándezSpanish in New York, by Ana Celia ZentellaSpanish in New York: A Moving Landscape, by Antonio Muñoz-MolinaMusic and Art: Latino, Latin American, AmericanNew York's Latin Music Landmarks, by Frank M. FigueroaThe Story of Nuyorican Salsa, by Ed MoralesMariachi Reverie, by Paul BermanThe Art of Babel in the Americas, by Luis Pérez-OramasThe Life and Passion of Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Frances Negrón-MuntanerA Splendid Outsider: Archer Milton Huntington and the Hispanic Heritage in the United States, by Claudio Iván RemeseiraCarlos Gardel in New York: The Birth of a Hispanic American Myth, by Claudio Iván RemeseiraFurther ReadingContributorsIndex of NamesIndex of Subjects

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