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Paratexts and Performance in the Novels of Junot Díaz and Sandra Cisneros


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Ellen McCracken
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ellen McCracken
    Pages 72-100
  4. Ellen McCracken
    Pages 127-132
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 133-138

About this book


Part of a new phase of post-1960s U.S. Latino literature, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz and Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros both engage in unique networks of paratexts that center on the performance of latinidad. Here, Ellen McCracken re-envisions Gérard Genette's paratexts for the present day, arguing that the Internet increases the range, authorship, and reach of the paratextual portals and that they constitute a key element of the creative process of Latino literary production in 21st century America. This smart and useful book examines how both novelists interact with the interplay of populist and hegemonic multiculturalism and allows new points of entry into these novels.


Internet network novel Paratext Junot Díaz Sandra Cisneros

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

About the authors

Ellen McCracken is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, specializing in U.S. Latino and Latin American literature. Her books include: Decoding Women's Magazines, New Latina Narrative, and The Life and Writing of Fray Angélico Chávez, winner of a Southwest Book Award.

Bibliographic information


"Paratexts and Performance in the Novels of Junot Díaz and Sandra Cisneros is a timely and welcome addition to both Latina/o and Chicana/o studies and the study of paratextual analysis of literature." - Niamh Thornton, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, UK