More than 700 alphabetically arranged entries discuss Latino literature and place it in its historical, political, social, and cultural contexts.
From East L.A. to the barrios of New York City and the Cuban neighborhoods of Miami, Latino literature, or literature written by Hispanic peoples of the United States, is the written word of North America's vibrant Latino communities. Emerging from the fusion of Spanish, North American, and African cultures, it has always been part of the American mosaic. Written for students and general readers, this encyclopedia surveys the vast landscape of Latino literature from the colonial era to the present. Aiming to be as broad and inclusive as possible, the encyclopedia covers all of native North American Latino literature as well as that created by authors originating in virtually every country of Spanish America and Spain. Included are more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries written by roughly 60 expert contributors. While most of the entries are on writers, such as Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Oscar Hijuelos, and Piri Thomas, others cover genres, ethnic and national literatures, movements, historical topics and events, themes, concepts, associations and organizations, and publishers and magazines. Special attention is given to the cultural, political, social, and historical contexts in which Latino literature has developed. Entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography.
Entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. The encyclopedia gives special attention to the social, cultural, historical, and political contexts of Latino literature, thus making it an ideal tool to help students use literature to learn about history and cultural diversity.
Included are more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries written by roughly 60 expert contributors. While most of the entries are on individual writers, others cover themes, concepts, genres, historical events and topics, movements, associations and organizations, ethnic and national literatures, and publishers and magazines.
• More than 700 alphabetically arranged entries written by roughly 60 expert contributors help students understand Latino literature and its contexts, thereby promoting respect for cultural diversity within the high school curriculum.
• Entry bibliographies cite works for further research.
• A list of entries helps students quickly survey the contents of the encyclopedia.
• A guide to related topics conveniently directs the user to related entries.
• A selected, general bibliography identifies the most important broad works on Latino literature.
• Entries on authors support the literature curriculum by helping students learn more about Latino writing.
• Entries on contextual topics support the social studies curriculum by helping students use literature to learn more about cultural diversity and the Latino experience.