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On Latinidad: U.S. Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity

Marta Caminero-Santangelo


This book addresses the question of how Latino/Latina literature wrestles with the panethnic and trans-racial implications of the “Latino” label. Refusing to take latinidad (Latino-ness) for granted, the book lays the groundwork for a sophisticated understanding of the various manifestations of Latino identity. It examines texts by prominent Chicano/Chicana, Dominican American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban American writers—including Julia Alvarez, Cristina García, Achy Obejas, Piri Thomas, and Ana Castillo—and concludes that a pre-existing group does not exist. The book instead argues that much rec ... More

Keywords: Latino/Latina, literature, Latino, latinidad, identity, solidarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780813030838
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marta Caminero-Santangelo, author
University of Kansas

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