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Title:
Latino and Latina writers
Author:
West, Alan, 1953-
Publication Information:
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
2 volumes (xxvii, 1072 pages) ; 29 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. Introductory essays. Chicano and Chicana authors -- v. 2. Cuban and Cuban American authors. Dominican and other authors. Puerto Rican authors.
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ISBN:
9780684312934

9780684312941

9780684312958

9780684314259
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Book

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The "Scribner Writers Series has set the standard for literary reference for more than 25 years. In addition to addressing the lives and careers of important writers, the articles discuss the themes and a styles of major works and place them in pertinent historical, social and political concerns for today's readers. Novelists, playwrights, essayists, poets, short story writers, and more recently, genre writers in science fiction and mystery, are all expertly discussed in the more than 17 sets comprising this series. To see listings of writers for any volume in this section, go to the "Scribner Writers Series section online at www.gale.com/scribners. This new title in the "Scribner Writers Series provides in-depth biographical and critical essays on more than 50 Latino/Latina writers. Covering well-known writers, such as Sandra Cisneros and Luis J. Rodriguez, as well as lesser-known but still significant authors, such as Tino Villanueva and Achy Obegas, this new set gives researchers detailed coverage of the,vibrant works of literature written by Cuban, Dominican, Chicano and Puerto Rican authors. In addition, seven thematic essays consider each writers works in relation to music, language, feminism and other key topics.


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This title in the Scribner Writers Series provides in-depth biographical and critical essays on more than 50 Latino/Latina writers. Seven thematic essays consider each writer's works in relation to music, language, feminism and other key topics. Covering well-known writers, such as Sandra Cisneros and Luis J. Rodriguez, as well as lesser known but still significant authors, such as Tino Villanueva and Achy Obegas, this set gives researchers detailed coverage of the vibrant works of literature written by Cuban, Dominican, Chicano and Puerto Rican authors.


Summary

This title in the Scribner Writers Series provides in-depth biographical and critical essays on more than 50 Latino/Latina writers. Seven thematic essays consider each writer's works in relation to music, language, feminism and other key topics. Covering well-known writers, such as Sandra Cisneros and Luis J. Rodriguez, as well as lesser known but still significant authors, such as Tino Villanueva and Achy Obegas, this set gives researchers detailed coverage of the vibrant works of literature written by Cuban, Dominican, Chicano and Puerto Rican authors.


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Booklist Review

The latest offering from the Scribner Writers series showcases 57 writers. The set is introduced by five thematic essays engaging literature through the lens of feminist criticism; the historical development and emergence of Latino and Latina literature; approaches to a Latino autobiography; performance art and theater; and the impact of issues of identity, border crossing (in multiple senses of the term), and transculturation on the creation of a Latino literature. The rest of volume 1 contains 27 bio-bibliographical articles on Chicano and Chicana authors. Authors range from the well known (e.g., Sandra Cisneros, Rudolfo Anaya) to the lesser known (e.g., Tino Villanueva). Cuban and Cuban American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other authors round out volume 2, which also has an index offering access by title and author. Although the thematic essays range widely in scope, the authors selected for biocritical essays are primarily those who have written in English after 1960. The articles focusing on individual writers begin with a brief biography and continue by examining selected writings. Each article ends with a bibliography of major works, selected critical treatments of the author, and resources for further study. All articles are written by 55 scholars and writers who are involved in the study of Latino and Latina literature. Other resources, such as Fitzroy Dearborn's Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature 0 (1977) and Gale's Hispanic Writers 0 (2d ed., 1999), focus primarily on authors from Spanish-speaking countries. The current volume is similar in style to Scribner's Latin American Writers0 (vols. 1-3, 1989; Supplement 10 , 2002), which covers more than 200 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking writers from the sixteenth century on. Latino and Latina Writers 0 is recommended for public and academic libraries and for high-school libraries looking for substantive treatment. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Blending is a facet of Latino identity. In fact, Latinos are the latest amalgam in a series of assimilations. In Europe, Iberians, Visigoths, and Moors gradually merged to form Spain. In the New World, Spanish and indigenous tribes blended to become the peoples of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In the United States, cultures originating in Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, or Central America are mingling with American cultures of European, African, or Asian descent, resulting in Latino culture. Nevertheless, not all accept the term, nor is it easy to define. This two-volume reference work, edited by poet and essayist West-Duran (African Caribbeans: A Reference Guide), probably does the best job to date. It begins with five essays of social and historical commentary that focus on key elements of Latino culture in this country. What follows is a series of ten- to 20-page biocritical essays on nearly 60 authors (e.g., Gary Soto, Pat Mora, Sandra Cisneros, Victor Villase?or, Julia Alvarez, Richard Rodriguez, and Lorna Dee Cervantes). The essays provide detailed biographies, discussion of major themes, thorough and relevant criticism, representative samples of each author's work, and lengthy bibliographies to aid further research. The authors selected write primarily in English, even though Spanish may have been the intimate or "home" language of each. Thus, a dual identity often developed-that of the original Spanish-speaking culture and of the English-language culture into which the Latino was assimilated. The result is a heightened awareness of cultural fluctuations and nuances that characterizes much Latino literature. One of the most comprehensive anthologies available of Latino writing in the United States; essential for all academic and large public libraries, as well as libraries containing works by Latino authors.-Nedra Crowe-Evers, Sacramento P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-While definitely not scholarly literary analysis, this title is a much-needed introduction to a fecund and fascinating literary movement. The set begins with five essays on aspects of Latino literature-feminist criticism, the Latino identity, historical origins, performance artists, and Latino autobiography. Without trying to be comprehensive, the editor has selected 55 writers he feels are important to this cumbersomely named literary movement. Separate sections divide the essays on the individual writers by background ("Chicano/Chicana," "Cuban and Cuban American," "Dominican," and "Puerto Rican" authors). Since researchers may not know this information, the arrangement necessitates using the table of contents or index. Only writers who have published since 1960 are featured. Some, such as Sandra Cisneros and Miguel Pioero, are celebrated literary figures in their own right; others are relatively unknown and published only by small presses and universities. Written in a clear, accessible style, the signed articles range between 15 and 20 pages. They offer snippets of personal history mixed with snapshot plot summaries, a dollop of political agenda, and some social commentary and literary analysis. Researchers coming to this mass of literary cross-pollination may need some assistance if they are looking for writers of fiction, poetry, etc., as the volume is sorely missing a listing of writers by genre. Despite some flaws, most libraries will find this set useful.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

The boom in US Latino literary production over the past two decades has produced few comprehensive reference works focusing on the diversity of Latino literature. The present set profiles nearly 60 core Latino writers of short stories, essays, novels, autobiographical memoirs, plays, and poetry, focusing on writers publishing since the 1960s who have produced "sufficiently developed bodies of work," rather than attempting a comprehensive list of every Latino writer in the US. Noted scholars and Latino writers contribute lengthy critical essays that examine the scope, themes, and reception of each writer's works and include important biographical information. Selected yet lengthy bibliographies accompany each essay, citing the writer's published (and sometimes unpublished) work, book reviews, and critical and biographical studies. Volume 1 includes thematic essays by noted scholars, covering such subjects as Chicana feminist criticism, Latino identities and histories, theater and performance art, and Latino autobiography. The remainder of v.1 profiles 27 Chicano writers, many well known and featured in numerous reference works (Sandra Cisneros, Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, Richard Rodriguez). Almost all these writers are included in Chicano Writers Series 1 (1989), 2 (1992), and 3 (CH, Apr'00)--part of Gale's Dictionary of Literary Biography--which covered some 160 Chicano writers and ranks among the most comprehensive reference sources on the topic.In the present set, v.1 presents a good selection of important authors, and the scholarly essays in both volumes are meticulously prepared, but v.2 is noteworthy for its extensive coverage of current Cuban American, Puerto Rican, and Dominican American writers. Not since Nicolas Kanellos's groundbreaking Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Literature in the United States (CH, Feb'00) has a reference work covered this fertile, diverse area with similar scope and attention to detail. Volume 2 profiles 15 Puerto Rican writers from the US, 12 Cuban Americans, 2 Dominicans, and 1 Chilean American writer. Even major figures from these groups (Puerto Rican Miguel Algarin, founder of the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and gifted writers like Martin Espada, Giannina Braschi, and Gustavo Perez Firmat) are omitted from previous reference works, as are important emerging writers (Junot Diaz, Abraham Rodriguez, Jr., Achy Obejas). A remarkable achievement, fascinating to read, and a candidate for publishing awards. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Academic and large public libraries. S. A. Vega Garcia Iowa State University