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Title:
Noche buena : Hispanic American Christmas stories
Author:
Kanellos, Nicolás.
Publication Information:
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
370 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Noche buena and religious dramas / Cleofas Jaramillo -- Christmas Eve = Noche buena / Manuel Reina -- Christmas carols = Cantares de navidad / José María Bustillos -- New Year's is a-coming = El año nuevo se viene / anonymous -- Christmas night = Noche de navidad / Jesús María Flores -- The star of Bethlehem = El astro de Belén / J.N. de los Santos -- New Year's Eve = Víspera del año nuevo / anonymous -- Little Christmas candles = Velitas de navidad / S.R. de Acevedo -- Christmas = La navidad / Felipe Maximiliano Chacón -- Samuel's Christmas eve / E. Luján -- The good eve / Jovia González -- The phantoms at San Luis Rey / Adolfo Carrillo -- The Márgil vine / Nina Otero -- Legend of the first Christmas at the Alamo / Adina de Zavala -- The legend of the poinsettia / Pat Mora and Charles Ramírez Berg -- The Christmas spirit tree / Diane de Anda -- A cold night / Américo Paredes -- The night before Christmas / Tomás Rivera -- The Gulf Oil Can Santa Claus / Rolando Hinojosa -- The magi kings = Los reyes magicos ; If you give me meat pies = Si me dan pasteles ; The Arandelas = Las arandelas ; Down from the mountains = De las montañas venimos / anonymous -- Santa Clo to La Cuchilla / Abelardo Díaz Alfaro -- A story about Santa Claus / Juan B. Huyke -- The day we went to see the snow / Alfredo Villanueva-Collado -- Christmas was a time of plenty / Micholasa Mohr -- La nochebuena : the best of nights / Jose Yglesias -- Those with less shared more / Piri Thomas -- Christmas Eve = La noche buena / Aurelio Luis Gallardo -- A sad Christmas eve / Salvador Calderón -- Loves me, loves me not (excerpt) / Anilú Bernardo -- The good night / Robert G. Fernández -- Next year in Cuba (excerpt) / Gustavo Pérez-Firmat -- A brand new memory (excerpt) / Elías Miguel Muñoz -- The shepherds = Los pastores / anonymous.
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ISBN:
9780195135275

9780195135282
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Summary

A family seated round the fireplace Singing and making merry; A sprightly waltz played with grace Noche Buena brings us all the magic of the Christmas season as seen through the eyes of the Hispanic Americans who celebrate it. Christmas is at times a universal story, and many of the images here are recognizable across cultures. We hear and see proud, joyful singing; the adoration of the InfantJesus; and the peaceful strains of Adeste Fidelis. But here as well are the rich traditions and legends specific to the Hispanic culture, such as the celebration of the posadas for nine nights leading up to Christmas, with candy raining down from colorful swinging pinatas, egg shells filled withconfetti, and beautiful paper lanterns crafted to illuminate the town on Christmas Eve. There is the "Legend of the Poinsettia" where a poor child embarrassed by the modesty of his gift for the Christ Child sheds tears on the dull green leaves of the familiar plant, thereby miraculously transformingthem to a brilliant red. And here too are hopeful children singing "If You Give Me Meat Pies," asking for the reward of warm meat pies and rice pudding in return for their sweet caroling. Thirty-six inspiring literary selections comprise this enchanting collection of works from Mexican, Colombian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican writers--writers who represent the range of Hispanic minority groups in the United States. Through these stories, traditional tales, songs, and poetry, readersgain a true understanding of the importance of the Christmas holiday within the Hispanic community, and begin to grasp the issues that inform the Hispanic American creative process--issues such as communal identity, patriotism, poverty, assimilation, and religion. With vivid illustrations andoriginal Spanish text for all poetry, this fascinating anthology will inform readers of all cultural backgrounds, and give them the opportunity to celebrate this cherished time with a newly extended family.


Summary

A family seated round the fireplace Singing and making merry; A sprightly waltz played with grace Noche Buena brings us all the magic of the Christmas season as seen through the eyes of the Hispanic Americans who celebrate it. Christmas is at times a universal story, and many of the images here are recognizable across cultures. We hear and see proud, joyful singing; the adoration of the InfantJesus; and the peaceful strains of Adeste Fidelis. But here as well are the rich traditions and legends specific to the Hispanic culture, such as the celebration of the posadas for nine nights leading up to Christmas, with candy raining down from colorful swinging pinatas, egg shells filled withconfetti, and beautiful paper lanterns crafted to illuminate the town on Christmas Eve. There is the "Legend of the Poinsettia" where a poor child embarrassed by the modesty of his gift for the Christ Child sheds tears on the dull green leaves of the familiar plant, thereby miraculously transformingthem to a brilliant red. And here too are hopeful children singing "If You Give Me Meat Pies," asking for the reward of warm meat pies and rice pudding in return for their sweet caroling. Thirty-six inspiring literary selections comprise this enchanting collection of works from Mexican, Colombian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican writers--writers who represent the range of Hispanic minority groups in the United States. Through these stories, traditional tales, songs, and poetry, readersgain a true understanding of the importance of the Christmas holiday within the Hispanic community, and begin to grasp the issues that inform the Hispanic American creative process--issues such as communal identity, patriotism, poverty, assimilation, and religion. With vivid illustrations andoriginal Spanish text for all poetry, this fascinating anthology will inform readers of all cultural backgrounds, and give them the opportunity to celebrate this cherished time with a newly extended family.


Author Notes

Nicolas Kanellos is the first Brown Foundation Professor of Spanish at the University of Houston, founding publisher of the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review, and a founder of the Hispanic publishing house, Arte Publico Press


Nicolas Kanellos is the first Brown Foundation Professor of Spanish at the University of Houston, founding publisher of the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review, and a founder of the Hispanic publishing house, Arte Publico Press


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Kanellos notes that Christmas marks "a crossroads of cultural and religious conflict or adaptation for Hispanics," the lure of assimilation and the desire to maintain cultural heritage. This collection reflects the various cultural heritages of Hispanics, primarily Catholic but wide-ranging in the mixture of other cultures and experiences. Writers from Mexico and the Southwest incorporate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe before Christmas, providing communal celebrations in Las Posadas and Las Pastorela processions. Puerto Rican writers reflect their Afro-Caribbean roots and resistance to cultural dominance of the U.S. The stories, songs, and poems reflect the retention of folk traditions, adaptation of European tradition (gifts from wise men on camels rather than from a bearded Santa Claus), and struggle to adapt to or resist the materialism and secularism of contemporary American culture. The collection includes sample religious dramas from the late 1800s, carols in Spanish and English, and contemporary Christmas stories with as much social commentary as Christmas spirit. They are all life affirming in maintaining the spiritual meaning of Christmas and an enduring though diverse Hispanic cultural identity. --Vanessa Bush


Booklist Review

Kanellos notes that Christmas marks "a crossroads of cultural and religious conflict or adaptation for Hispanics," the lure of assimilation and the desire to maintain cultural heritage. This collection reflects the various cultural heritages of Hispanics, primarily Catholic but wide-ranging in the mixture of other cultures and experiences. Writers from Mexico and the Southwest incorporate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe before Christmas, providing communal celebrations in Las Posadas and Las Pastorela processions. Puerto Rican writers reflect their Afro-Caribbean roots and resistance to cultural dominance of the U.S. The stories, songs, and poems reflect the retention of folk traditions, adaptation of European tradition (gifts from wise men on camels rather than from a bearded Santa Claus), and struggle to adapt to or resist the materialism and secularism of contemporary American culture. The collection includes sample religious dramas from the late 1800s, carols in Spanish and English, and contemporary Christmas stories with as much social commentary as Christmas spirit. They are all life affirming in maintaining the spiritual meaning of Christmas and an enduring though diverse Hispanic cultural identity. --Vanessa Bush


Table of Contents

Nicolas KanellosCleofas JaramilloManuel ReinaJose Maria BustillosJesus Maria FloresJ. N. de los SantosS. R. de AcevedoFelipe Maximiliano ChaconHerminia ChaconE. LujanJovita GonzalezAdolfo CarrilloNina OteroAdina de ZavalaPat Mora and Charles Ramirez BergDiane de AndaAmerico ParedesTomas RiveraRolando HinojosaAbelardo Diaz AlfaroJuan B. HuykeAlfredo Villanueva-ColladoNicholasa MohrJose YglesiasPiri ThomasAurelio Luis GallardoSalvador CalderonAnilu BernardoRoberto G. FernandezGustavo Perez-FirmatElias Miguel MunozNicolas KanellosCleofas JaramilloManuel ReinaJose Maria BustillosJesus Maria FloresJ. N. de los SantosS. R. de AcevedoFelipe Maximiliano ChaconHerminia ChaconE. LujanJovita GonzalezAdolfo CarrilloNina OteroAdina de ZavalaPat Mora and Charles Ramirez BergDiane de AndaAmerico ParedesTomas RiveraRolando HinojosaAbelardo Diaz AlfaroJuan B. HuykeAlfredo Villanueva-ColladoNicholasa MohrJose YglesiasPiri ThomasAurelio Luis GallardoSalvador CalderonAnilu BernardoRoberto G. FernandezGustavo Perez-FirmatElias Miguel Munoz
Introductionp. 1
I. Mexico and the Southwest
"Noche Buena and Religious Dramas"p. 25
"Christmas Eve"/"Noche Buena"p. 36
"Christmas Carols"/"Cantares de Navidad"p. 38
"New Year's Is A-coming"/"El ano nuevo se viene"p. 46
"Christmas Night"/"Noche de Navidad"p. 48
"The Star of Bethlehem"/"El Astro de Belen"p. 50
"New Year's Eve"/"Vispera del Ano Nuevo"p. 58
"Little Christmas Candles"/"Velitas de Navidad"p. 64
"Christmas"/"La Navidad"p. 70
"Samuel's Christmas Eve"p. 74
"Christmas Eve"p. 77
"The Good Eve"p. 79
"The Phantoms at San Luis Rey"p. 90
"The Margil Vine"p. 100
"Legend of the First Christmas at the Alamo"p. 104
"The Legend of the Poinsettia"p. 108
"The Christmas Spirit Tree"p. 116
"A Cold Night"p. 129
"The Night before Christmas"p. 138
"The Gulf Oil Can Santa Claus"p. 146
II. Puerto Rico and New York
"The Magi Kings"/"Los Reyes Magos"p. 156
"If You Give Me Meat Pies"/"Si Me Dan Pasteles"p. 160
"The Arandelas"/"Las Arandelas"p. 162
"Down from the Mountains"/"De las Montanas Venimos"p. 166
"Santa Clo to La Cuchilla"p. 170
"A Story about Santa Claus"p. 176
"The Day We Went to See the Snow"p. 182
"Christmas Was a Time of Plenty"p. 187
"La Nochebuena: The Best of Nights"p. 190
"Those with Less Shared More"p. 196
III. Hispanic Immigrant Christmas
"Christmas Eve"/"La Noche Buena"p. 202
"A Sad Christmas Eve"p. 226
Loves Me, Loves Me Not (excerpt)p. 228
"The Good Night"p. 247
Next Year in Cuba (excerpt)p. 262
A Brand New Memory (excerpt)p. 279
IV. Los Pastores
"The Shepherds"/"Los Pastores"p. 289
Bibliographyp. 365
Creditsp. 368
Introductionp. 1
I. Mexico and the Southwest
"Noche Buena and Religious Dramas"p. 25
"Christmas Eve" / "Noche Buena"p. 36
"Christmas Carols" / "Cantares de Navidad"p. 38
"New Year's Is A-coming" / "El ano nuevo se viene"p. 46
"Christmas Night" / "Noche de Navidad"p. 48
"The Star of Bethlehem" / "El Astro de Belen"p. 50
"New Year's Eve" / "Vispera del Ano Nuevo"p. 58
"Little Christmas Candles" / "Velitas de Navidad"p. 64
"Christmas" / "La Navidad"p. 70
"Samuel's Christmas Eve"p. 74
"Christmas Eve"p. 77
"The Good Eve"p. 79
"The Phantoms at San Luis Rey"p. 90
"The Margil Vine"p. 100
"Legend of the First Christmas at the Alamo"p. 104
"The Legend of the Poinsettia"p. 108
"The Christmas Spirit Tree"p. 116
"A Cold Night"p. 129
"The Night before Christmas"p. 138
"The Gulf Oil Can Santa Claus"p. 146
II. Puerto Rico and New York
"The Magi Kings" / "Los Reyes Magos"p. 156
"If You Give Me Meat Pies" / "Si Me Dan Pasteles"p. 160
"The Arandelas" / "Las Arandelas"p. 162
"Down from the Mountains" / "De las Montanas Venimos"p. 166
"Santa Clo to La Cuchilla"p. 170
"A Story about Santa Claus"p. 176
"The Day We Went to See the Snow"p. 182
"Christmas Was a Time of Plenty"p. 187
"La Nochebuena: The Best of Nights"p. 190
"Those with Less Shared More"p. 196
III. Hispanic Immigrant Christmas
"Christmas Eve" / "La Noche Buena"p. 202
"A Sad Christmas Eve"p. 226
Loves Me, Loves Me Not (excerpt)p. 228
"The Good Night"p. 247
Next Year in Cuba (excerpt)p. 262
A Brand New Memory (excerpt)p. 279
IV. Los Pastores
"The Shepherds" / "Los Pastores"p. 289
Bibliographyp. 365
Creditsp. 368

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