The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

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Overview

A dazzling and definitive compendium of the Latino literary tradition.
This groundbreaking Norton Anthology includes the work of 201 Latino writers from Chicano, Cuban-, Puerto Rican-, and Dominican-American traditions, as well as writing from other Spanish-speaking countries. Under the general editorship of award-winning cultural critic Ilan Stavans, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature traces four centuries of writing, from letters to the Spanish crown by sixteenth-century conquistadors to the cutting-edge expressions of twenty-first-century cartoonistas and artists of reggaeton. In six chronological sections—Colonization, Annexation, Acculturation, Upheaval, Into the Mainstream, and Popular Traditions—it encompasses all genres, featuring such writers as José Martí, William Carlos Williams, Julia Alvarez, Oscar Hijuelos, Cristina García, Piri Thomas, Esmeralda Santiago, and Junot Díaz. Twelve years in the making, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature sheds new light on "nuestra America" through a gathering of writing unprecedented in scope and vitality.
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Editorial Reviews

Erica Jong
“Ilan Stavans has spread a feast of Latino literature before us. It promises to educate, inspire and change us. Just as the South American literary "boom" of the '60s enriched our literature beyond measure,
the recognition of Latino literature promises to open our minds and our hearts to the Spanish language literature being made all around us. This book is a cause for celebration.”
Library Journal
Thirteen years in the making and spanning five centuries, this anthology encompasses Latino literature in various genres from authors of Chicano, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican heritages, among others. General editor Stavans (Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American & Latino Culture, Amherst Coll.) and other scholars have anthologized 201 authors, who range from José Martí and William Carlos Williams to Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, and Junot Díaz. The editors have organized the anthology into six sections and include introductory matter and appendixes. Five sections present material chronologically: "Colonization (1537–1810)," "Annexations (1811–1898)," "Acculturation (1899–1945)," "Upheaval (1946–1979)," and "Into the Mainstream (1980-Present)." A sixth section, "Popular Dimensions," brings together material such as cuentos (folklore), leyendas (legends), canciones (songs), and chistes (jokes), as well as more recent popular movements in music and literature. Selections from cartoonistas like the Hernandez brothers, known to many as the creators of the Love and Rockets comics, are included in this segment of the anthology. VERDICT The editors have compiled a vital collection that provides literary, historical, and political context for a dynamic culture. An anthology of this scope is an essential resource for academic libraries.—Cristella Bond, Anderson P.L., IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393080070
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Pages: 2489
  • Sales rank: 208,133
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is the author of many books, including Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language and The United States of Mestizo. He is also general editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.

Edna Acosta-Belén is the Chair of the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U. S. Latino Studies as well as the Director of the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Harold Augenbraum is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

Maria Herrera-Sobek, Professor of Chicano Studies, is the Luis Leal Endowed Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Associate Director of the Center for Chicano Studies. A renowned literary critic, poet, and folklore specialist, Dr. Herrera-Sobek has published numerous books, articles, and scholarly essays.

Rolando Hinojosa is a novelist, essayist, poet, and the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gustavo Pérez Firmat is the David Feinson Professor of Humanities at Columbia University. He is the author of several books of literary and cultural criticism, four collections of poetry, a novel, and a memoir. He divides his time between New York City and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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