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The other Latin@ : writing against a singular identity / edited by Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López
Alternate Title Other Latino
Other Latina
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PS153.H56 O74 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American literature -- Hispanic American authors -- History and criticism
Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature
Stereotypes (Social psychology) in literature
Characters and characteristics in literature
Hispanic Americans -- Intellectual life
Physical Description xi, 161 p. ; 23 cm
Summary ""The stereotype spells death to the imagination by shrinking all possibilities to one. Generalizations encourage us to stop considering what can be." -from the Introduction The sheer number of different ethnic groups and cultures in the United States makes it tempting to classify them according to broad stereotypes, ignoring their unique and changing identities. Because of their growing diversity within the United States, Latinas and Latinos face this problem in their everyday lives. With cultural roots in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or a variety of other locales, Hispanic-origin people in the United States are too often consigned to a single category. With this book Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López set out to change this. The other Latino is a diverse collection of essays written by some of the best emerging and established contemporary writers of Latin origin to help answer the question: How can we treat U.S. Latina and Latino literature as a definable whole while acknowledging the many shifting identities within their cultures? By telling their own stories, these authors illuminate the richness of their cultural backgrounds while adding a unique perspective to Latina and Latino literature. This book sheds light on the dangers of abandoning identity by accepting cultural stereotypes and ignoring diversity within diversity. These contributors caution against judging literature based on the race of the author and lament the use of the term Hispanic to erase individuality. Honestly addressing difficult issues, this book will greatly contribute to a better understanding of Latina and Latino literature and identity"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references
Contents The long road home / Lisa D. Chávez -- Latina enough / Stephanie Elizondo Griest -- Love, prejudice, and Latinidad / Carla Trujillo -- Coyotes / Alex Espinoza -- A Latinidad litmus test / Teresa Dovalpage -- When we were Spanish / Lorraine M. López -- My word hunger / Judith Ortiz Cofer -- Jotonovela / Erasmo Guerra -- Island of bones / Joy Castro -- Aesthetics and theme: time and place (with an afterword on polemics) / Steven Cordova -- What we write about when we write about gangs / Daniel Chacón -- Latte no! Notes on a (late) Latino awakening / Urayoán Noel -- "I don't write about Cuba" / Helena Mesa -- The child in the house / Gina Franco -- A meditation on the experience and aesthetics of the other Rican / Blas Falconer -- Curative poetics / Maria Melendez -- Chola de los hinterlands / Carmen Giménez Smith -- My Emily Gore: Freudian obsessions, biculturalism, and autobiographical poetry / Peter Ramos -- Fringe poetics / Gabe Gomez -- La página roja / Lucha Corpi -- Afterword / William Luis
Series Camino del sol
Alternate Author Falconer, Blas
López, Lorraine, 1956-

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