Containing roughly 850 entries about Spanish-language literature throughout the world, this expansive work provides coverage of the varied countries, ethnicities, time periods, literary movements, and genres of these writings.
There are approximately 400 million native Spanish-speaking people worldwide. Due to the number of nations and different cultures across the globe that have used this language over the last millennium, Spanish-language literature is quite diverse and is responsible for many significant and distinguished contributions to world civilization.
Providing a thorough introduction to Spanish-language literature worldwide and across time is a tall order. However, World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia contains roughly 850 entries on both major and minor authors, themes, genres, and topics of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, affording an amazingly comprehensive reference collection in a single work.
This encyclopedia describes the growing diversity within national borders, the increasing interdependence among nations, and the myriad impacts of Spanish literature across the globe. All countries that produce literature in Spanish in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia are represented, covering both canonical authors and emerging contemporary writers and trends. Underrepresented writings—such as texts by women writers, queer and Afro-Hispanic texts, children's literature, and works on relevant but less studied topics such as sports and nationalism—also appear. While writings throughout the centuries are covered, those of the 20th and 21st centuries receive special consideration.
• Contains roughly 850 A–Z entries related to Spanish-language literature and related topics throughout the world, from the Middle Ages up to the present day
• Includes contributions from nearly 200 scholars from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia
• Provides bibliographies containing major English-language print reference works, free electronic sources with peer-reviewed information, major academic websites, and well-established electronic journals
• Contains an extended glossary of literary and cultural terms such as "subaltern" and basic cultural features of Hispanic society, such as "el barrio" and "Negrismo"
• Includes a chronological appendix containing entries organized by date
• Provides a uniquely inclusive treatment of Spanish-language literature that includes neglected geographic areas like Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, and the Philippine Islands, and covers topics like gender in literature, children's literature, and torture in modern Spanish-American writing
• Presents a large number of topical entries that provide a more contextualized, broader angle of analysis
• Covers a generous array of Afro-Hispanic literature
• Challenges canonical assumptions like the importance of Neoclassicism, the chronology of Romanticism in Hispanic literature, and the diversity of the avant-garde