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Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America

Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America


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Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America

Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants have had a significant presence in North America since the nineteenth century. Recently, Brazilians have also established vibrant communities in the U.S. This anthology brings together, for the first time in English, the writings of these diverse Portuguese-speaking, or "Luso-American" voices. Historically linked by language, colonial experience, and cultural influence, yet ethnically distinct, Luso-Americans have often been labeled an "invisible minority." This collection seeks to address this lacuna, with a broad mosaic of prose, poetry, essays, memoir, and other writings by more than fifty prominent literary figures--immigrants and their descendants, as well as exiles and sojourners. It is an unprecedented gathering of published, unpublished, forgotten, and translated writings by a transnational community that both defies the stereotypes of ethnic literature, and embodies the drama of the immigrant experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813550589
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 08/25/2011
Series: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA) Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Henry Moser is an associate professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at the University of Georgia. He is the author of The Carnivalesque Defunto: Death and the Dead in Modern Brazilian Literature. Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta is an assistant professor of Brazilian literature and culture at the University of Illinois. He has published widely on Brazilian and Brazilian-American literature in the U.S. and Brazil.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Portuguese Voices
I. Origins and Destinations
II. Saudade
III. Cultural Clashes

Part 2: Brazilian Voices
I. Sojourners and Travelers
II. Brazuca and Beyond
III. Reimagining the Hyphen

Part 3: Cape Verdean Voices

About the Editors

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