© 2003

Reading U.S. Latina Writers

Remapping American Literature

  • Editors
  • Alvina E. Quintana

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Alvina E. Quintana
    Pages 1-6
  3. Rosa Linda Fregoso
    Pages 7-14
  4. Karen Gaffney
    Pages 15-23
  5. Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo
    Pages 25-36
  6. Theresa Delgadillo
    Pages 37-50
  7. Norma Cantú
    Pages 71-76
  8. Tiffany Ana Lopez
    Pages 77-89
  9. Andrea O’Reilly Herrera
    Pages 91-102
  10. Juan Felipe Herrera
    Pages 103-112
  11. Rosa Morillas-Sánchez
    Pages 113-128
  12. Claudia Sadowski-Smith
    Pages 129-140
  13. Lisa Sánchez González
    Pages 141-149
  14. Michelle Habell-Pallán
    Pages 163-172
  15. Alvina E. Quintana
    Pages 173-179
  16. Lesley Feracho
    Pages 181-196
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 197-212

About this book


This essential teaching guide focuses on an emerging body of literature by U.S. Latina and Latin American Women writers. It will assist non-specialist educators in syllabus revision, new course design and classroom presentation. The inclusive focus of the book - that is, combining both US Latina and Latin American women writers - is significant because it introduces a more global and transnational way of approaching the literature. The introduction outlines the major historical experiences that inform the literature, the important genres, periods, movements and authors in its evolution; the traditions and influences that shape the works; and key critical issues of which teachers should be aware. The collection seeks to provide readers with a variety of Latina texts that will guarantee its long-term usefulness to teachers and students of pan-American literature. Because it is no longer possible to understand U.S. Latina literature without taking into consideration the histories and cultures of Latin America, the volume will, through its organization, argue for a more globalized type of analysis which considers the similarities as well as the differences in U.S. and Latin American women's cultural productions. In this context, the term Latina evokes a diasporic, transnational condition in order to address some of the pedagogical issues posed by the bicultural nature which is inherent in pan-American women's literature.


American literature Tradition women

About the authors

ALVINA QUINTANA is the Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Delaware, has written numerous essays in cultural/multicultural studies and is the author of Home Girls: Chicana Literary Voices.

Bibliographic information


"No one could have done this book better than Alvina Quintana, who brings to her project both intimate knowledge and an unmatched authority. Her guide establishes the stature of Latina writers in an ever-expaning canon of American literature and will prove invaluable to any student of the broader culture." - Susan Goodman, University of Delaware

"Shifting the way in which we view 'American writers' is a must. With Alvina E. Quintana's new volume, Reading U.S. Latina Writers: Remapping American Literature, we can begin to reshape our thinking. The diverse essays of this volume, historically situated with bibliographic information, expand our notion of 'Latina'; they provide entry to unfamiliar texts and foreground unheard voices. What a gentle urging to read new texts! Reading U.S. Latina Writers shatters silences; these are truths and revelations about another world of women we need to know and pass on to our students. As an educator, for years I have been wanting a source and resource such as this." - Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Duke University, author of Surviving the Silence: Black Women's Stories of Rape