Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage - Vol. 2

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage - Vol. 2

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage - Vol. 2

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage - Vol. 2

Synopsis

This second volume in the series contains articles divided into in five sections: The Recovery Project Comes of Age; Assimilation, Accommodation or Resistance?; History in Literature/Literature in History; Writing the Revolution; and Recovering the Creation of Community.

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Erlinda Gonzales-Berry and Chuck Tatum

This is the second volume of essays resulting from the second (University of Houston, May 17–18, 1991) and third conferences (University of Houston, December 2–3, 1994) held under the auspices of the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project." Nicolás Kanellos, the Project Director, convened the first conference on November 9–11, 1990 at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The essays of many of twenty scholars who came together at that conference were eventually published in a volume appropriately titled Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage. As Ramón A. Gutiérrez and Genaro M. Padilla, the editors of this volume, tell us in their introduction, Professor Kanellos "had brought together twenty of this country's most noted scholars of Hispanic literature to imagine a long-term research, restoration, and publication project that would disseminate widely the literary heritage of Hispanics in the United States" (17).

Many of the essays included in this first volume form a kind of compendium of guidelines, advice, and precautions that future critics and researchers should take into consideration in recovering, documenting and shaping the immense regional and national diversity of the U.S. Hispanic literary heritage. This is not to say, however, that this collective scholarly enterprise was meant to establish a permanent and static conceptual framework; in fact, many of the scholars who participated in the first conference and subsequently published their essays in the first volume explicitly caution future generations to be open to considering new literary categories and as yet unexplored critical/theoretical approaches.

Although the first volume of essays has just barely had time to exert an influence on the recovery, restoration, and study of U.S. Hispanic literary texts from the nineteenth through the first half of the twentieth century, some of the participants at the second conference, and to a much greater extent, those who participated at the third conference, have already begun to respond . . .

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