Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Volume IX
Edited by Donna M. Kabalen de Bichara and Blanca López de Mariscal
Arte Público Press – hardback
Four topics are considered key within the works of Hispanic writers in the United States: memory, testimony, femininity, and identity.
This important book from Arte Público Press pulls together a dozen essays exploring those topics, written by literary scholars in the United States and abroad. Some are offered in English, and some are in Spanish.
These works originally were presented at the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project’s biennial conferences in 2010 and 2012. The conferences were sponsored by the University of Houston, Rice University, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate of Mexico, Bank of America, the Houston Endowment, the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, and the City of Houston’s Houston Arts Alliance.
The more descriptive titles for the book’s four sections are:
- Recovering Memory
- Culture and Ideology
- Autobiography, Testimony and Resistance Writings
- Femininity and Identity
The book, the editors say, is intended to be “an important tool for scholars of literature written in Spanish within the United States, particularly in terms of its contribution to studies about themes related to the Mexican Revolution, as well as the Hispanic voice, national identity, and culture.”
Many relevant issues are explored within the book’s four main sections. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Vol. IX and its 12 contributors offer significant insights into the contributions of Latino writers within the United States, in time periods ranging from the Spanish Colonial era to the 21st century.
— Si Dunn