Latina Writers

Latina Writers

by Ilan Stavans

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Overview

Latina literature is one of the fastest growing areas of American literature today, and the impact Latina writers have had on the literary scene is undeniable. This volume features the most significant articles including peer-review essays, interviews, and reviews to bring together the best scholarship on Latina writers ever compiled. Learn about these authors' lives and extraordinary careers, as well as the social and political issues their works address.

10 signed articles, essays, and interviews are included in the volume, which encourage readers to examine Latina writers from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, including feminism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, gender, border, linguistic, and pan-American studies. Also featured is an introduction by Ilan Stavans, one of the foremost authorities on Latino culture, to provide historical background and cultural context and suggestions for further reading to aid students in their research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313348075
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2008
Series: Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 265 KB
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ilan Stavans has been called the czar of Latino culture in the United States by the New York Times and Latin America's liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast by the Washington Post. Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Latino Literature Prize, the Antonia Pantoja Award, Chile's Presidential Medal, and the Ruben Dario Distinction. He earned an Emmy nomination as host of the PBS show La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stavans. He has taught at Columbia University, Oberlin College, and Smith College, among other institutions. He is the author of numerous titles including Encyclopedia Latina (2005) and the forthcoming Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latin Music.

Table of Contents


Series Foreword   Ilan Stavans     vii
Preface     ix
Appreciations     1
Saddling La Gringa: Major Themes in the Works of Latina Writers   Phillipa Kafka     3
Chicana Feminist Criticism   Debra A. Castillo     16
"What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Fat": The Language of Food in Latina Literature   Jacqueline Zeff     38
New Ways of Telling: Latinas' Narratives of Exile and Return   Jacqueline Stefanko     48
Gloria Anzaldua's Queer Mestisaje   Ian Barnard     65
Sandra Cisneros: Form over Content   Ilan Stavans     81
Testimonios     87
Between the Milkman and the Fax Machine: Challenges to Women Writers in the Caribbean   Sherezada "Chiqui" Vicioso     89
Attempting Perfection: An Interview with Judith Ortiz Cofer   Renee H. Shea     94
I Write These Messages That Come   Maria Irene Fornes     107
And Frida Looks Back: The Art of Latina/o Queer Heroics   Cherrie L. Moraga     113
Conversations with Ilan Stavans   Esmeralda Santiago     122
Selected Bibliography     129
Index     131
About the Editor and Contributors     137

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