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The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

College Edition


Ilan Stavans (General Editor, Amherst College), Edna Acosta-Belén (Editor, University at Albany, SUNY), Harold Augenbraum (Editor, National Book Foundation), María Herrera-Sobek (Editor, University of California, Santa Barbara), Rolando Hinojosa (Editor, University of Texas, Austin), Gustavo Pérez Firmat (Editor, Columbia University)


A dazzling and definitive compendium of the Latino literary tradition.

This groundbreaking Anthology includes the work of 201 Latino writers from Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban-American, and Dominican-American traditions, as well as writing from other Spanish-speaking countries. Under the general editorship of award-winning cultural critic Ilan Stavans, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature traces four centuries of writing, from letters to the Spanish crown by sixteenth-century conquistadors to the cutting-edge expressions of twenty-first-century cartoonistas and artists of reggaetón. In six chronological sections—Colonization, Annexation, Acculturation, Upheaval, Into the Mainstream, and Popular Traditions—the anthology encompasses diverse genres, and it features writers such as José Martí, William Carlos Williams, Julia Alvarez, Oscar Hijuelos, Cristina García, Piri Thomas, Esmeralda Santiago, and Junot Díaz. Thirteen years in the making, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature sheds new light on "nuestra América" through a gathering of writing unprecedented in scope and vitality.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • March 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-393-97532-1
  • 6 × 9.2 in / 2752 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“This book is an instant classic—a groundbreaking work in the making for thirteen years! There is no America without Latino doings and sufferings. And there is no American literature without Latino voices and visions!” — Cornel West, Princeton University

The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature will be for Latinos what The Norton Anthology of African American Literature has been for African Americans: a celebration of a culture that has been yearning to sing itself into the canon.” — Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University

“Nowhere else can scholars, teachers, and students find such a broad-ranging and accessible collection. . . . A crucial and eminently useful resource for any reader hoping to understand the stunning diversity of Latina/o experience and expression in the United States.” — Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, University of Michigan

“Imaginatively conceived, painstakingly executed, stunningly broad, profoundly stirring, endlessly engaging, this book can change the way the world thinks about America, and the way Americans think about themselves.” — Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame

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