A Companion to US Latino Literatures (Monografias A) by Carlota Caulfield, Darién J. Davis

By Carlota Caulfield, Darién J. Davis

This quantity, documenting the linguistic and cultural variety of Latino literary output within the usa, bargains an exhilarating advent for non-specialist readers. distinctive in its scope and point of view, it specializes in numerous literary genres, and cinema, on the topic of Latinos. every one essay considers not just Latino writers who have been born or raised within the usa, but additionally Latin American writers who took up place of dwelling within the usa yet can also be thought of a part of the literary scene in their nations of beginning. instead of stick to one particular mode of association and presentation, each one contributor has provided his or her unique point of view at the subject material or subject. the result's an inclusive spectrum of the voices of the U.S. Latin American diaspora, illuminating the wealthy and complicated tradition of Latinos. Carlota Caulfield is Professor of Spanish and Spanish-American experiences at turbines collage, California. Darién J. Davis is affiliate Professor of historical past and Latin American experiences at Middlebury university, Vermont. individuals: Eva Bueno, Carlota Caulfield, Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez, Darién J. Davis, Jorge Febles, Lydia Gil, Armando González-Pérez, Patricia M. Montilla, Vincent Spina, Antonio Tosta, Sergio Waisman

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Unconquered Spirits: A Historical Play. Woodstock, Illinois: Dramatic Publishing, 1997. Mann, Charles C. ‘1491’, Atlantic Monthly, 289:3 (March 2002), 41–53. Martín-Rodríguez, Manuel. Life in Search of Readers: Reading (in) Chicano/a Literature. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 2003. Martínez, Demetria. Breathing Between the Lines. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1997. —— Mother Tongue. Tempe, Arizona: Bilingual Press, 1994. —— Three Times a Woman, Chicana Poetry, by Demetria Martínez, Alica Gaspar de Alba, and María Herrera-Sobek.

She stands out as the next generation of Chicana playwrights after Josefina Niggli and Estela Portillo-Trambley. López’s plays, which are often humorous, depict the desires of young adults to attain greater meaning from life, but her Unconquered Spirits (1997), recreates the Mexican and Chicano legend of the wailing woman, La Llorona, found in many Chicano works. She is the indigenous spirit ever present in the Chicano 30 ELIZABETH COONROD MARTÍNEZ ethos. Having produced her first play at 18, López is quite prolific.

In some cases entire families traveled across the border for these jobs, with children working in the fields and women cleaning houses and doing laundry for their employers. Migrants often joined communities where those of similar culture resided, but ensuing waves of migrants did not always find an easy welcome. Tomás Rivera’s novel, Y no se lo tragó la tierra (1971; And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, 1987) vividly depicts some of these experiences. Born in Texas in 1935, Rivera joined his migrant worker parents in the fields as a child, and presents the experience of children – shipped to or following the harvest far north into the US – who must spend months of time away from school.

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