A dazzling and definitive compendium of the Latino literary tradition.
Thirteen years in the making and spanning five centuries, this anthology encompasses Latino literature in various genres from authors of Chicano, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican heritages, among others. General editor Stavans (Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American & Latino Culture, Amherst Coll.) and other scholars have anthologized 201 authors, who range from José Martí and William Carlos Williams to Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, and Junot Díaz. The editors have organized the anthology into six sections and include introductory matter and appendixes. Five sections present material chronologically: "Colonization (1537 1810)," "Annexations (1811 1898)," "Acculturation (1899 1945)," "Upheaval (1946 1979)," and "Into the Mainstream (1980-Present)." A sixth section, "Popular Dimensions," brings together material such as cuentos (folklore), leyendas (legends), canciones (songs), and chistes (jokes), as well as more recent popular movements in music and literature. Selections from cartoonistas like the Hernandez brothers, known to many as the creators of the Love and Rockets comics, are included in this segment of the anthology. VERDICT The editors have compiled a vital collection that provides literary, historical, and political context for a dynamic culture. An anthology of this scope is an essential resource for academic libraries.—Cristella Bond, Anderson P.L., IN