© 2016

(Re)mapping the Latina/o Literary Landscape

  • Cristina Herrera
  • Larissa M. Mercado-López

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Expanding Latinidades

  3. Crossing Literary Terrains

  4. Mapping the Body

  5. Writers on Literary (In)visibility: Voicing Activism from the Margins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Alex Espinoza
      Pages 229-239
    3. Gabriela Baeza Ventura
      Pages 241-254

About this book


This book broadens the scope of Latina/o criticism to include both widely-read and understudied nineteenth through twenty-first century fictional works that engage in critical discussions of gender, race, sexuality, and identity. The essays in this collection do not simply seek inclusion for the texts they critically discuss, but suggest that we more thoughtfully consider the utility of mapping, whether we are mapping land, borders, time, migration, or connections and disconnections across time and space. Using new and rigorous methodological approaches to reading Latina/o literature, contributors reveal a varied and textured landscape, challenging us to reconsider the process and influence of literary production across borders.


Latina/o literature Hemispheric studies Latina/o identity Feminist theory Transnationalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Cristina Herrera
    • 1
  • Larissa M. Mercado-López
    • 2
  1. 1.California State University, FresnoFresnoUSA
  2. 2.California State University, FresnoFresnoUSA

About the editors

Cristina Herrera is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno, USA. She is the author of Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script and has published in Chicana/Latina Studies, Confluencia, and Journal of Caribbean Literatures.


Larissa M. Mercado-López is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at California State University, Fresno, USA. Mercado-López is the co-editor of El Mundo Zurdo 3 and El Mundo Zurdo 4, and has published in DiálogoChicana/Latina Studies, and collections from Demeter Press. 

Bibliographic information


“Urges and insists on a configuration of literary interpretation that is mobile, apprehensive, and necessary ... . This collection of writers are uninhibited and unapologetic about our times. One of the best examples of Chicana/o and Latina/o engagement of new landscapes and frontiers, this book is propelled by the insufficiency of attention paid to the Latina/o experience and explores ways to address the unrest of a new generation of scholarship.” (Ellie D. Hernández, Associate Professor, University of California Santa Barbara, USA)