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Hispanic Immigrant Literature

El Sueño del Retorno

By Nicolás Kanellos

Publication Year: 2011

The first comprehensive study of literary works created both orally and in writing by immigrants to the United States from the Hispanic world since the early nineteenth century.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Series: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture


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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v


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pp. vii-vii

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pp. 1-16

immigration has been a basic reality of life for Latino communities in the United States since the nineteenth century. It has been not only a sociocultural reality but also a powerful determinant of the Latino or Hispanic vision of the world. The impact of successive generations of ...

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1. The Context of Hispanic Immigrant Literature

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pp. 17-34

Transnationalism is a concept developed by social scientists in the 1990s in order to understand the life and culture of people moving from one place to another, especially during the latter part of the twentieth century. The concept is often linked to another somewhat amorphous ...

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2. An Overview of Hispanic Immigrant Print Culture

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pp. 35-51

From the mid- nineteenth century on, Hispanic transmigrants in the United States have written and published books and periodicals and sustained other forms of print culture to serve their enclaves in their native language.1 That culture not only allowed transmigrants to maintain ...

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3. The Dream of Return to the Homeland

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pp. 52-79

Paul White has asserted that “amongst all the literature of migration the highest proportion deals in some way with ideas of return, whether actualized or remaining imaginary” (14). Most Hispanic immigrant literature likewise promotes a return to the homeland and, in ...

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4. Nation and Narration

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pp. 80-100

The Majority of the works discussed in the preceding chapter imagined the nation as a geographic area in which the audiences addressed in their narrations must reside to maintain their cultural and political integrity. Remaining in the host country or subscribing to the American ...

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5. Immigration and Gender: Female Perspectives

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pp. 101-122

The question of gender has often been related to the concept of nation, as so many theorists and critics have demonstrated. This chapter and the next, therefore, may be considered as a continuation of chapter 4, whose subject was the nation as imagined by transmigrant ...

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6. Immigration and Gender: Male Perspectives

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pp. 123-145

As we saw in chapters 3 and 4, the genre of the novel served male authors well in their efforts to deconstruct American society and its myths while writing their version of their own nation and, in most cases, defining the role of women in that imaginary. As I demonstrated ...

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Afterword: Life on the Supposed Hyphen

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pp. 146-153

In the course of this book it has become apparent that the impulse to erase borders, to create a transnational and transcultural community is not new to the literature created by Latinos living in the United States. One might say that this tendency springs from the very nature ...


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pp. 155-184


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pp. 185-194


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pp. 195-200

E-ISBN-13: 9780292729964
E-ISBN-10: 0292729960
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292726406
Print-ISBN-10: 0292726406

Page Count: 211
Illustrations: 12 b&w illus., 1 chart/graph
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture
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OCLC Number: 744363021
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Hispanic Immigrant Literature

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Subject Headings

  • American literature -- Hispanic American authors -- History and criticism.
  • Immigrants' writings, American -- History and criticism
  • Hispanic Americans in literature.
  • Emigration and immigration in literature.
  • Immigrants in literature.
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