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Redreaming America
Toward a Bilingual American Culture
Redreaming America
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Debra A. Castillo - Author
SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
Price: $75.50 
Hardcover - 240 pages
Release Date: December 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6297-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6297-3

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Paperback - 240 pages
Release Date: December 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6298-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6298-0

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Pursues an inquiry into the cultural and linguistic dissonances that Spanish creates in the United States.

What would American literature look like in languages other than English, and what would Latin American literature look like if we understood the United States to be a Latin American country and took seriously the work by U.S. Latinos/as in Spanish? Debra A. Castillo explores these questions by highlighting the contributions of Latinos/as writing in Spanish and Spanglish. Beginning with the anonymously published 1826 novel Jicoténcal and ending with fiction published at the turn of the twenty-first century, the book details both the characters' and authors' struggles with how to define an American self. Writers from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico are featured prominently, alongside a sampling of those writers from other Latin American heritages (Peru, Colombia, Chile). Castillo concludes by offering some thoughts on U.S. curricular practice.

"Castillo engages a very relevant question in the field of Latino/a studies, namely, the incorporation of Latin American discourse into the ethnic studies tradition in the United States. Her book reflects the shift from an area studies perspective to an ethnic studies one, and she engages the project from a very solid discursive academic perspective. The range of authors she analyzes is impressive—from internationally known writers like Carlos Fuentes, Ana Lydia Vega, and Ariel Dorfman, to established writers in their individual countries like Gustavo Sainz, to Rolando Hinojosa-Smith and Dolores Prida, to up-and-coming authors like Giannina Braschi.

"Castillo's text innovation places her book in a field of its own; no other texts have attempted to write the authors into the tradition of American studies as this one does. This is a groundbreaking work." — Rolando J. Romero, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Debra A. Castillo is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor of Romance Studies and of Comparative Literature at Cornell University and the coauthor (with María-Socorro Tabuenca Córdoba) of Border Women: Writing from La Frontera.


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: El Boom Latino

2. Origins: Bird and Jicotencal

3. Crossing: Vega, Gonzalez Viana, Fuentes, Oropeza

4. Arrival: Dorfman, Salazar, Sainz, Rivera-Valdes

5. Language Games: Hinojosa-Smith, Prida, Braschi

6. Conclusion: Hemispheric American Studies

Notes

Works Cited

Index



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43552/43553(LC/JB/AV)

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