Contemporary U.S. Latinx Literature in Spanish

Straddling Identities

  • Amrita Das
  • Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
  • Michele Shaul

Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)

About this book


U.S. Latinx Literature in Spanish remains an understudied field despite its large and vibrant corpus. This is partly due to the erroneous impression that this literature is only written in English, and partly due to traditional educational programs focusing on English texts to include non-Spanish speakers and non-Latinx students. This has created a vacuum in research about Latinx literary production in Spanish, leaving the contemporary field wide open for exploration.
This volume fills this space by bringing contemporary U.S. Latinx literature in Spanish to the forefront of the field. The essays focus on literary production post-1960 and examine texts by authors from different backgrounds writing from the U.S., providing readers with an opportunity to explore new texts in Spanish within U.S. Latinx literature, and a departure point for starting a meaningful critical discourse about what it means to write and publish in Spanish in the U.S. Through exploring literary production in a language that is both emotionally and politically charged for authors, the academia, and the U.S., this book challenges and enhances our understanding of the term ‘Americas’.


Chicano studies Ethnic studies Literary production Spanish Latino

Editors and affiliations

  • Amrita Das
    • 1
  • Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
    • 2
  • Michele Shaul
    • 3
  1. 1.University of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Georgian Court UniversityLakewoodUSA
  3. 3.Queens University of CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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