Moving beyond the traditional study of Hispanic literature on a nation-by-nation basis, this volume explores how globalization is currently affecting Spanish and Latin American fiction, poetry, and literary theory.
Any observer of Dominican political and literary discourse will quickly notice the prevalence of certain notions of hyper-masculinity. In this extraordinary work, Maja Horn argues that these gender conceptions became ingrained during the dictatorship (1930-1961) of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, as well as through the U.S. military occupation that preceded it.
Using feminist and womanist theory, Simone Alexander takes as her main point of analysis literary works that focus on the black female body as the physical and metaphorical site of migration. She shows that over time black women have used their bodily presence to complicate and challenge a migratory process often forced upon them by men or patriarchal society.
Anne Fountain argues that it was in the United States that Martí--confronted by the forces of manifest destiny, the influence of race in politics, the legacy of slavery, and the plight and promise of the black Cuban diaspora--fully engaged with the specter of racism. Examining Martí's complete works with a focus on key portions, Fountain reveals the evolution of his thinking on the topic, indicating the significance of his sources, providing a context for his writing, and offering a structure for his works on race.
Reinaldo Arenas, Edited by Camelly Cruz-Martes, Translated by Kelly Washbourne
This bilingual volume includes narrative poems, sonnets, excerpts from Arenas's prose poems, and
previously unpublished works from his papers at Princeton University. Both the
Spanish originals as well as English translations seamlessly capture the poet's
sarcasm, humor, and powerful rhythms.
In Creole Renegades, Bénédicte Boisseron looks at exiled Caribbean authors--Edwidge Danticat,
Jamaica Kincaid, V. S. Naipaul, Maryse Condé, Dany Laferriére, and more--whose
works have been well received in their adopted North American countries but who
are often viewed by their home islands as sell-outs, opportunists, or traitors.