Latino Literature
An Encyclopedia for Students
by Christina Soto van der Plas and Lacie Rae Buckwalter Cunningham, Editors
March 2023, 301pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7591-5
$107, £83, 94€, A147
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Provides a fresh and insightful overview of historical and contemporary Latino literature.

Offers a comprehensive overview of the most important authors, movements, genres, and historical turning points in Latino literature.

More than 60 million Latinos currently live in the United States. Yet contributions from writers who trace their heritage to the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico have and continue to be overlooked by critics and general audiences alike. Latino Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students gathers the best from these authors and presents them to readers in an informed and accessible way. Intended to be a useful resource for students, this volume introduces the key figures and genres central to Latino literature. Entries are written by prominent and emerging scholars and are comprehensive in their coverage of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Different critical approaches inform and interpret the myriad complexities of Latino literary production over the last several hundred years. Finally, detailed historical and cultural accounts of Latino diasporas also enrich readers’ understandings of the writings that have and continue to be influenced by changes in cultural geography, providing readers with the information they need to appreciate a body of work that will continue to flourish in and alongside Latino communities.


  • Provides an overview of Latino literature and its myriad contributions to American cultures
  • Showcases the diversity in modern Latino literary styles and narrative themes
  • Includes writing by authors from several countries and distinct cultural traditions and explains how these have been integrated into the canon of Latino literature
  • Shines a spotlight on emerging, lesser known, and understudied Latino scholars and writers
Christina Soto van der Plas is an adjunct lecturer at Santa Clara University and a practicing psychotherapist focusing on the Latinx community. She has published several articles and essays on Latin American literature in national and international journals. Her non-fiction book, Curaçao: costa de cemento, pueblo de prisión, won the National Prize for Young Chronicle in Mexico. She is the co-editor of The Marx through Lacan Vocabulary.

Lacie Rae Buckwalter Cunningham is assistant professor of Spanish at the Defense Foreign Language Institute, where she teaches linguistics, language, and culture. Her academic work focuses primarily on poetry and performance, hemispheric studies, and ecocriticism.
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