A retelling of U.S., Latin American, and Latino/a literary history through writing by Latinos/as who lived in the United States during the long nineteenth century
Written by both established and emerging scholars, the essays in The Latino Nineteenth Century engage materials in Spanish and English and genres ranging from the newspaper to the novel, delving into new texts and areas of research as they shed light on well-known writers. This volume situates nineteenth-century Latino intellectuals and writers within crucial national, hemispheric, and regional debates.
The Latino Nineteenth Century offers a long-overdue corrective to the Anglophone and nation-based emphasis of American literary history. Contributors track Latino/a lives and writing through routes that span Philadelphia to San Francisco and roots that extend deeply into Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South Americas, and Spain. Readers will find in the rich heterogeneity of texts and authors discussed fertile ground for discussion and will discover the depth, diversity, and long-standing presence of Latinos/as and their literature in the United States.
"The collections expansion of American literary history is also evident in the inclusion of Central American textualities, which have been overlooked in most fields of study. In sum, the 15 essays Lazo and Aleman bring together offer new frameworks to better understand and examine 19th-century Latina/o hemispheric movements." ~Choice
"The Latino Nineteenth Century builds on the past two decades of Latina/o scholarship that focuses on historicizing the place of Latina/os in the United States. The book thus excavates the history of Latina/os in seemingly unlikely regions such as New England and cities such as Philadelphia. Further, it illuminates the need to examine Spanish language texts rather than relying on works in English. Expanding the corpus of materials in this way also sheds light on the longer literary histories of Latina/o literature rather than relying on periodizations that ground Latina/o literature in the social movements of the mid-twentieth century. As The Latino Nineteenth Century reminds us, Latina/os existed in the United States well before the Chicano Movement. Further, to fully grasp the range of Latina/o experiences in the United States, several essays in this collection point to the necessity of examining US-Latin American relations. An impressive anthology that demonstrates the diversity and vitality of this period, The Latino Nineteenth Century makes necessary interventions into nineteenth-century American Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Latin American Studies" ~MELUS
"The nineteenth-centuryin the context of the extraordinary triangle presented here of Latina and Latino writers and intellectuals in the United States, Latin America, and the transatlanticmay come to us in fragments, but what a marvel it is to bring together this dazzling constellation of scholars who highlight the historical dimensions of 'the Latino/a' and speak to the concurrent traditions, canons, moments, and tensions that have long been neglected and overlooked. Excitement for The Latino Nineteenth Centurywill have no bounds: this is sure to become a treasured volume." ~Claudia Milian,author of Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies