Latino Boom: An Anthology of U. S. Latino Literature / Edition 1

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Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature combines an engaging and diverse selection of Latino/a authors with tools for students to read, think, and write critically about these works.

The first anthology of Latino literature to offer teachers and students a wide array of scholarly and pedagogical resources for class discussion and analysis, this thematically organized collection of fiction, poetry, drama, and essay presents a rich spectrum of literary styles. Providing complete works of Latino/a literature vs excerpts written originally in English, the anthology juxtaposes well-known writers with emerging voices from diverse Latino communities, inviting students to examine Latino literature through a variety of lenses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321093837
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 359,014
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents




1. Latino Narrative.

Choices of Narrative Style.

Genres of Latino Fiction.

Magical Realism.

Autobiographical Trends.

Navigating the Persona.

Modernist Latino Fiction.

Fragmented Stories.

Bending Narrative Rules.

Recreating the Past.

Scholarly Publications on Latino Narrative.

2. Latino Poetry.

Emergence of Latino Poetry.

Latino Poetry as a Protest.


The Nuyorican Movement.

Chicana Voices.

The Power of the Smaller Presses.

Echoes of Poets.

Scholarly Publications on Latino Poetry.

3. Latino Landscapes.


  1. Turnabout Map of the Americas.
  2. The Mexican-American War.
  3. Cuba.
  4. Puerto Rico.
  5. The Dominican Republic.
  6. Mexico and the Modern U.S.-Mexico Border.
  7. Central America.

Timeline of Latino Historical and Cultural Events, 1492-2004.

Selected Publications in Latino Studies.

Selected Publications in Latino History.


4. The Lost Worlds: Once Upon a Latin Moon.

Introduction to the Chapter.


Rudolfo Anaya: “In Search of Epifano”.

Daniel Chacón: “Biggest City in the World”.

Sandra Cisneros: “One Holy Night”.

Antonio Farias: “Red Serpent Ceviche”.

Guy Garcia: “La Promesa”.

Ana Menéndez: “Confusing the Saints”.


Jimmy Santiago Baca: “Roots”.

“Dust Bowl Memory”.

Victor Hernandez Cruz: “African Things”.

Carolina Hospital: “Finding Home”.

Judith Ortiz Cofer: “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica”.

Magdalena Gómez: “Mami”.

Pat Mora: “Curandera”.

Ricardo Pau-Llosa: “Frutas”.

Aleida Rodríguez “The First Woman”.

Gary Soto’s: “History”.


Richard Rodriguez: “Go North, Young Man”.

Resources for Writing and Class Discussion.

Literary Critical Essay/Discussion Topics.

The Novel Connection (Overview and List of Novelists).

The Film Connection.

Thematic Connection Listing.

5. The Working World: Sweating Under a New Sun.

Introduction to the Chapter.


Norma Cantú: “Se me enchina el cuerpo al oír tu cuento”.

Cristina Garcia: “Tito’s Goodbye”.

Dagoberto Gilb: “Al in Phoenix”.

Ray Gonzalez, "Invisible Country".

Alberto Rios: “The Child”.

Helena Maria Viramontes: “The Cariboo Café”.


Julia Alvarez: “Woman’s Work”.

Jimmy Santiago Baca: “Work We Hate and Dreams We Love”.

Martín Espada: “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper”.

“Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits”.

“Federico’s Ghost”.

Diana Garcia: “When Living Was a Labor Camp Called Montgomery”.

Jose B. Gonzalez: “Because No One Should Say ‘Chávez Who?’”.

Carolina Hospital: “Blake in the Tropics”.

Luis J. Rodriguez: “Hungry”.

Gary Soto: "The Elements of San Joaquin".

“Mexicans Begin Jogging.


Jose Antonio Burciaga: “Pachucos and the Taxi Cab Brigade”.

Broader Horizons: Resources for Writing and Class Discussion.

Literary Critical Essay/Discussion Topics.

The Novel Connection (List of Novelists).

The Film Connection.

Thematic Connection Listing.

6. The Urban World: Weaving through City Streets.

Introduction to the Chapter.


Sandra Cisneros: “Bread”.

Junot Díaz: “Edison, New Jersey”.

Dagoberto Gilb: “Love in L.A.”.

Sergio Trancoso: "My Life in the City".

Helena Maria Viramontes: “Neighbors”.

Poetry .

Jack Aqüeros: “Psalm for Coquito”.

Lorna Dee Cervantes: “Freeway 280”.

“Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway”.

Victor Hernández Cruz: “Their Poem”.

Julio Marzán: “Grand Central Station”.

Willie Perdomo: “Reflections of the Metro North, Winter 1990”.

Pedro Pietri: “Puerto Rican Obiturary”.

Miguel Piñero: “La Bodega Sold Dreams”.

“A Lower East Side Poem”.

Gloria Vando: “In the Dark Backward”.


Josefina Lopez: Real Women Have Curves.


Luis Alberto Urrea: “Meet the Satánicos”.

Resources for Writing and Class Discussion.

Literary Critical Essay/Discussion Topics.

The Novel Connection.

The Film Connection.

Thematic Connection Listing.

7. The Fringe World: Outside Looking In, Inside Looking Out.

Introduction to the Chapter.


Alba Ambert: “Rage of a Fallen Angel”.

Daniel Cano: “Somewhere Outside Doc Pho”.

Leroy V. Quintana: “The Man on Jesus Street — Dreaming”.

Abraham Rodriguez, Jr.: “The Boy Without a Flag” .

Edgardo Vega Yunqúe: “The Barbosa Express”.


Julia Alvarez: “Bilingual Sestina”.

Naomi Ayala: “A Coquí in Nueva York”.

Sandra Maria Estevez: “Here”.

Jose B. Gonzalez: “Autobrownography of a New England Latino”.

“Caribbean Fresco in New England”.

Tato Laviera: “AmeRícan”.

Demetria Martínez: “Birthday”.

Pat Mora: “Elena”.

“Legal Alien”.

Cherrié Moraga: “The Welder”.

Aurora Levins and Rosario Morales: “Ending Poem”.

Achy Obejas: “Sugarcane”.

Alberto Rios: “The Vietnam Wall”.

Carmen Tafolla: “Letter to Ti”.

Gina Valdés: “Where You From?”

Adeline Yllanes: “Peruana Perdida”.


José Rivera: “Cloud Tectonics”.


Gloria Anzaldúa: “La conciencia de la mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness”.

Resources for Writing and Class Discussion.

Literary Critical Essay/Discussion Topics.

The Novel Connection.

The Film Connection.

Thematic Connection Listing.

8. Beyond Worlds: Beyond the Boom.

Introduction to the Chapter.


Jack Agueros: "Horologist".

Sandra Benítez: “Fulgencio Llanos: El Fotógrafo”.

Lorraine Lopéz: "Soy la Avon Lady".

Jaime Manrique: “The Documentary Artist”.

Ernesto Mestre-Reed: “After Elián”.

Achy Obejas: “We Came All the Way from Cuba so you could Dress Like This?”.

Cecile Pineda: “Notes for a Botched Suicide”.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz: “Obliterate the Night”.


Ana Castillo: “Women are not Roses”.

Sandra María Esteves: “Puerto Rican Discovery #11: Samba Rumba Cha-.

Cha Be-Bop Hip-Hop”.


Julio Marzán: “The Pure Preposition”.

Aleida Rodríguez Jr.: “Plein Air”.

Michele Serros: “Annie Says”

Gary Soto: “Chisme at Rivera’s Studio”

Tino Villanueva: “Variation on a Theme by Carlos Williams”.

“Scene from the Movie Giant”.

“At the Holocaust Museum: Washington D.C.”.


Judith Ortiz Cofer: “The Story of My Body”.

Resources for Writing and Class Discussion.

Literary Critical Essay/Discussion Topics.

The Novel Connection.

The Film Connection.

Thematic Connection Listing.



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