The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (Paperback)
A dazzling and definitive compendium of the Latino literary tradition.
This groundbreaking Anthology includes the work of 201 Latino writers from Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban-American, and Dominican-American traditions, as well as writing from other Spanish-speaking countries. Under the general editorship of award-winning cultural critic Ilan Stavans, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature traces four centuries of writing, from letters to the Spanish crown by sixteenth-century conquistadors to the cutting-edge expressions of twenty-first-century cartoonistas and artists of reggaetón. In six chronological sections—Colonization, Annexation, Acculturation, Upheaval, Into the Mainstream, and Popular Traditions—the anthology encompasses diverse genres, and it features writers such as José Martí, William Carlos Williams, Julia Alvarez, Oscar Hijuelos, Cristina García, Piri Thomas, Esmeralda Santiago, and Junot Díaz. Thirteen years in the making, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature sheds new light on "nuestra América" through a gathering of writing unprecedented in scope and vitality.
About the Author
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is the author of many books, including Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language and A Most Imperfect Union. He is also general editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.
Edna Acosta-Belén is the Chair of the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U. S. Latino Studies as well as the Director of the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Harold Augenbraum is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.
Maria Herrera-Sobek, Professor of Chicano Studies, is the Luis Leal Endowed Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Associate Director of the Center for Chicano Studies. A renowned literary critic, poet, and folklore specialist, Dr. Herrera-Sobek has published numerous books, articles, and scholarly essays.
Rolando Hinojosa is a novelist, essayist, poet, and the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gustavo Pérez Firmat is the David Feinson Professor of Humanities at Columbia University. He is the author of several books of literary and cultural criticism, four collections of poetry, a novel, and a memoir. He divides his time between New York City and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
This book is an instant classic—a groundbreaking work in the making for thirteen years! There is no America without Latino doings and sufferings. And there is no American literature without Latino voices and visions!
— Cornel West, Princeton University
Imaginatively conceived, painstakingly executed, stunningly broad, profoundly stirring, endlessly engaging, this book can change the way the world thinks about America, and the way Americans think about themselves.
— Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature will be for Latinos what The Norton Anthology of African American Literature has been for African Americans: a celebration of a culture that has been yearning to sing itself into the canon.
— Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University
Nowhere else can scholars, teachers, and students find such a broad-ranging and accessible collection. . . . A crucial and eminently useful resource for any reader hoping to understand the stunning diversity of Latina/o experience and expression in the United States.
— Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, University of Michigan