In a format similar to "Black Literature Criticism" ["RBB" D 15 91], this set reprints selected criticism on 71 Hispanic writers from the last 100 years. It includes such deceased writers as Ruben Dario and Miguel de Unamuno and such contemporary authors as Sandra Cisneros and Oscar Hijuelos. Literature is defined in the broadest sense, to include Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel, and Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Each entry begins with a biographical essay that also summarizes major works and the critical response to them. A list of principal works lists them in the language in which they were originally written and, when relevant, in English translation. The critical excerpts are arranged chronologically and note their sources. For some authors, excerpts are given from interviews or essays by the writers on their own work. Some of the excerpts have been taken from volumes in Gale's Literary Criticism series. However, 23 authors who are not represented in that series have entries that were prepared especially for this set. Each entry concludes with a bibliography of additional criticism, all of it in English, and references to other Gale titles in which the author is represented. A black-and-white portrait or other illustration is provided for most authors. There are indexes of titles, authors, and nationalities or professed affiliation. The nationality index shows that the set emphasizes writers of the Americas, with only 11 authors from Spain and Portugal. However, using professed affiliation is confusing. Some writers are listed as American, others as Chicano. Puerto Rican writers are not separately listed. One Chicano writer, Jimmy Santiago Baca, is listed under "Mestizo", a racialnot a nationalterm
"Hispanic Literature Criticism" is an excellent source for libraries that can't afford to subscribe to the ongoing Gale Literary Criticism series. But even libraries that do have "Twentieth Century Literary Criticism", for example, will find criticism here on popular authors of the Americas who are not in "TCLC". "Sandy Whiteley"