A Luis Leal Reader

Author : Luis Leal
ISBN : 9780810124189
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Since his first publication in 1942, Luis Leal has likely done more than any other writer or scholar to foster a critical appreciation of Mexican, Chicano, and Latin American literature and culture. This volume, bringing together a representative selection of Leal’s writings from the past sixty years, is at once a wide-ranging introduction to the most influential scholar of Latino literature and a critical history of the field as it emerged and developed through the twentieth century. Instrumental in establishing Mexican literary studies in the United States, Leal’s writings on the topic are especially instructive, ranging from essays on the significance of symbolism, culture, and history in early Chicano literature to studies of the more recent use of magical realism and of individual New Mexican, Tejano, and Mexican authors such as Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, José Montoya, and Mariano Azuela. Clearly and cogently written, these writings bring to bear an encyclopedic knowledge, a deep understanding of history and politics, and an unparalleled command of the aesthetics of storytelling, from folklore to theory. This collection affords readers the opportunity to consider—or reconsider—Latino literature under the deft guidance of its greatest reader.
Category: Literary Criticism

Luis Leal

Author : Mario T. García
ISBN : 9780292779990
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Professor Luis Leal is one of the most outstanding scholars of Mexican, Latin American, and Chicano literatures and the dean of Mexican American intellectuals in the United States. He was one of the first senior scholars to recognize the viability and importance of Chicano literature, and, through his perceptive literary criticism, helped to legitimize it as a worthy field of study. His contributions to humanistic learning have brought him many honors, including Mexico's Aquila Azteca and the United States' National Humanities Medal. In this testimonio or oral history, Luis Leal reflects upon his early life in Mexico, his intellectual formation at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and his work and publications as a scholar at the Universities of Illinois and California, Santa Barbara. Through insightful questions, Mario García draws out the connections between literature and history that have been a primary focus of Leal's work. He also elicits Leal's assessment of many of the prominent writers he has known and studied, including Mariano Azuela, William Faulkner, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Tomás Rivera, Rolando Hinojosa, Rudolfo Anaya, Elena Poniatowska, Sandra Cisneros, Richard Rodríguez, and Ana Castillo.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

La Bola

Author : Emilio Rabasa
ISBN : 9789871136551
Genre : Fiction
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Emilio Rabasa (1856-1930), lawyer, historian, literary critic, essayist and novelist, besides being a journalist and active participant in politics, stands out among the Mexican intellectuals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Considered to have introduced realism into Mexican fiction, Rabasa's writing reveals the influence of Perez Galdos as well as earlier Mexican writers, ranging from Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi's El periquillo sarniento (1816) to Jose Tomas de Cuellar's Baile y cochino (1886). A perceptive literary critic, journalist and well-informed historian, he was one of the founders of the newspaper El Universal. Although he wrote influential political analyses like La constitucion y la dictadura.(1912) and La evolucion historica de Mexico (1920), Rabasa is best remembered for his five novels, which share recurrent characters and political themes, or rather, criticism of politicians who are unethical in their struggle for power. La bola is the first of this series. What is la bola? La bola is not the Revolution; unlike the Revolution, which centers on the idea, develops national passion, modifies an institution and promotes the involvement of citizens, la bola does not demand or represent principles: it is born and it is dissolved in a short natural and moral period, and requires ignorance. Revolution is born out of the world's progress, but la bola is born out of ignorance and the inevitable backwardness of poor nations. This is la bola that Rabasa depicts so perceptively through the young, articulate and earnest character of Juanillo Quinones' experience and observations, combining elements that lead us to suspect it of being an autobiographical story, filled with caciques, shyster lawyers, rogues, turncoats and prevaricators. It is a world in which to get rich, to take unfair advantage. It is a world of ill-considered destructive impulse, which ends with a return to the status quo. Emilio Rabasa in his first novel, is describing not the Revolution, but la bola. It is certainly one of the best novels in all of Mexican literature, and this edition's introduction and notes by Professor Luis Leal elucidate Rabasa's text to make a reading of the novel an unforgettable experience.
Category: Fiction

No Longer Voiceless

Author : Luís Leal
ISBN : UCSC:32106016088053
Genre : Social Science
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Category: Social Science

Recovering The U S Hispanic Literary Heritage

Author : Ramón A. Gutiérrez
ISBN : 1558852514
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Presents essays dealing with literature written by Hispanic Americans from the sixteenth century through 1960, evaluates individual authors, and examines the contributions of Latino authors in a multicultural, multilingual society.
Category: Literary Criticism

Life In Search Of Readers

Author : Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez
ISBN : 0826333605
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Since colonial times, Chicano/a literature has varied with the authors' assumptions about the class and gender of their audiences, the linguistic choices available for literary communication, the geographic mobility of writers and readers, and the tastes they may have acquired in Mexico or other countries. In this examination of Chicano/a literature, Manuel M. Martin-Rodriguez analyses the ways it connects with and is shaped by the interaction with its audiences. Motivated by a Tomas Rivera essay from 1971, into the Labyrinth: The Chicano in Literature, Martin-Rodriguez began collecting, researching, and examining Chicano/a literature. He soon determined that a work of literature without a reader has no real existence and, specifically, Chicano/a literature has been defined as much by its readers as by its authors. movement of the 1960s and 1970s, when the creation of Chicano-owned or controlled publishing enterprises made possible a surge of Chicano/a literature at the national level. He then concentrates on Chicana literature and engendering the reader and on linguistic and marketing strategies for a multicultural readership. Finally, Martin-Rodriguez provides a very thorough list of Chicano/a literature which he studied and he recommends for the reader to consider. About The Author: Manuel M. Martin-Rodriguez is director of Hispanic Studies and Graduate Studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Texas A&M University, College Station, where he is an associate professor.
Category: Literary Criticism

Juan Rulfo

Author : Luís Leal
ISBN : UOM:39015004962562
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Defying The Inquisition In Colonial New Mexico

Author : Francisco A. Lomelí
ISBN : 0826339573
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The editors present Quintana's eighteenth century writings: an essay on Church and society in colonial New Mexico and a translation of Quintana's poetry and religious plays.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Cuentos De La Revoluci N

Author : Luis Leal
ISBN : 9683630537
Genre : Mexican fiction
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Category: Mexican fiction