The Restless Ilan Stavans: Outside on the Inside

The Restless Ilan Stavans: Outside on the Inside

by Steven G. Kellman


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This is the first book-length study of one of the most prominent and prolific Latino academics, Ilan Stavans. He has written extensively on Latino culture, Jewish culture, dictionaries, immigration, language, Spanglish, soccer, translation, travel, selfies, and God. The Restless Ilan Stavans surveys his interests, achievements, and flaws while he is still in the midst of an extraordinarily productive career. A native of Mexico who became a U.S. citizen, he is an outsider to both the Chicano community that often resents him as an interloper and the American Jewish community that he, who grew up speaking Yiddish in Mexico City, often chides. The book examines his unlikely rise to prominence within the context of the spread of multiculturalism as a seminal principle within American culture. A self-proclaimed cosmopolitan who rejects borders, Stavans is both insider and outsider to the myriad of subjects he approaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822965855
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Latinx and Latin American Profiles Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,201,506
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Steven G. Kellman is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Prodigy 8

2 The Stavans Paradox 18

3 Stavans the Hispanic 26

4 Stavans the Jew 39

5 The Multicultural Moment 46

6 The Immigrant Melt 52

7 Lion Prowling the Academy 63

8 Lion Stavans Tongue Snatcher 82

9 Chameleon Man 96

Works Cited 99

Index 113

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