Authors such as Rudolfo Anaya, Cherrie Moraga, Carlos Morton, Alurista, Virgil Suarez, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Ivan Acosta, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Rolando Hinojosa, Tato Laviera, Lucha Corpi, Luis Valdez, and others are included, along with many others.
The collection begins with the works of those in the Southwest who became citizens of the United States in 1850, covering the body of early Chicano writers who began to create a distinctive literature in the early 19th century, such as Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Maria Cristina Mena, Josefina Niggli and Daniel Venegas. Much of this work has long been out of print and unavailable. The collection includes major writers from the Chicano Renaissance and current writers as well. The works of some Teatros created in the late '60s and early '70s are targeted for inclusion, such as El Teatro Campesino (The Farm Workers Theater) and El Teatro de la Esperanza.
Social historians will find much of value in Latino Literature from Alexander Street Press. The works of Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Dominicans, and other Central and South American writers address the social upheaval in their countries. Cubans write of exile. Chicanos write of the social oppression they experience and their efforts to gain political and economic advancement.
Material is about 75% in English, 25% in Spanish.
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Latin American Studies; Spanish