Redreaming America: Toward a Bilingual American Culture / Edition 1

Redreaming America: Toward a Bilingual American Culture / Edition 1

by Debra A. Castillo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791462986

ISBN-13: 9780791462980

Pub. Date: 12/06/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Pursues an inquiry into the cultural and linguistic dissonances that Spanish creates in the United States.

What would American literature look like in languages other than English, and what would Latin American literature look like if we understood the United States to be a Latin American country and took seriously the work by U.S. Latinos/as in Spanish?

Overview

Pursues an inquiry into the cultural and linguistic dissonances that Spanish creates in the United States.

What would American literature look like in languages other than English, and what would Latin American literature look like if we understood the United States to be a Latin American country and took seriously the work by U.S. Latinos/as in Spanish? Debra A. Castillo explores these questions by highlighting the contributions of Latinos/as writing in Spanish and Spanglish. Beginning with the anonymously published 1826 novel Jicoténcal and ending with fiction published at the turn of the twenty-first century, the book details both the characters’ and authors’ struggles with how to define an American self. Writers from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico are featured prominently, alongside a sampling of those writers from other Latin American heritages (Peru, Colombia, Chile). Castillo concludes by offering some thoughts on U.S. curricular practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791462980
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/06/2004
Series:
SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: El Boom Latino

2. Origins: Bird and Jicotencal

3. Crossing: Vega, Gonzalez Viana, Fuentes, Oropeza

4. Arrival: Dorfman, Salazar, Sainz, Rivera-Valdes

5. Language Games: Hinojosa-Smith, Prida, Braschi

6. Conclusion: Hemispheric American Studies

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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