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Contemporary U.S. Latinx Literature in Spanish

Straddling Identities

  • Amrita Das
  • Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
  • Michele Shaul

Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)

About this book


U.S. Latinx Literature in Spanish remains an understudied field despite its large and vibrant corpus. This is partly due to the erroneous impression that this literature is only written in English, and partly due to traditional educational programs focusing on English texts to include non-Spanish speakers and non-Latinx students. This has created a vacuum in research about Latinx literary production in Spanish, leaving the contemporary field wide open for exploration.
This volume fills this space by bringing contemporary U.S. Latinx literature in Spanish to the forefront of the field. The essays focus on literary production post-1960 and examine texts by authors from different backgrounds writing from the U.S., providing readers with an opportunity to explore new texts in Spanish within U.S. Latinx literature, and a departure point for starting a meaningful critical discourse about what it means to write and publish in Spanish in the U.S. Through exploring literary production in a language that is both emotionally and politically charged for authors, the academia, and the U.S., this book challenges and enhances our understanding of the term ‘Americas’.


Chicano studies Ethnic studies Literary production Spanish Latino

Editors and affiliations

  • Amrita Das
    • 1
  • Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
    • 2
  • Michele Shaul
    • 3
  1. 1.University of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Georgian Court UniversityLakewoodUSA
  3. 3.Queens University of CharlotteCharlotteUSA

About the editors

Amrita Das is Associate Professor of Spanish at University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, where she teaches a variety of courses on Latinx literature, culture, and the Spanish language. She received her M.A. from the University of Delhi and her Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez is Professor at Georgian Court University, USA, where she teaches a variety of courses on Latin American and Latinx literature, culture, and the Spanish language. She received her M.A. from Middlebury College through their graduate program in Madrid, Spain. She earned her Ph.D in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Michele Shaul is the Director of the Center for Latino Studies and Professor of Spanish at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, USA. She is co-founder and co-editor of the e-journal Label Me Latina/o and is involved in several arts projects such as ARTE LATINO NOW. She received her M.A. from the University of Florida and her Ph.D from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Bibliographic information


“The editors and authors of this volume succeed in mapping the contours of an evolving and increasingly variable field. … Overall, the volume clearly articulates the problems of English-only approaches to Latinx texts and clears space for future projects centred on the vital and strategic role of Spanish in Latinx literature.” (Marlene Hansen Esplin, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Vol. 97 (3), 2020)