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ERIC Number: ED454527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 18
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Hispanic Literatures in the United States: Differences and Similarities.
Romero, Hector R.
Currently, the interest in the Latino literature written in the United States has been growing steadily. Many colleges and universities offer specific courses in these literatures, and their content varies from a concentration on a specific culture group to a more inclusive attempt to group all Latino writers under the same umbrella. This paper proposes to identify the differences and similarities among these diverse Latino writers. The paper states that Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban-American writers comprise the three major groups usually combined under the Latino population of writers in the United States. It examines examples of authors and works from these three major literatures in some detail. According to the paper, as themes, characters, narratives, and poetic voices found in these works are analyzed, many differences in the historical and social backgrounds projected in them are found. The paper finds that the use of language as a defining characteristic of the Latino writer's culture in opposition to the hegemonic one--Spanish versus English--is typical of Chicano culture, for example. And it states that most Cuban-American literature is the product of an exile experience, and this is a crucial event that shapes its development. The paper notes that the cultural identity and language of Puerto Ricans born in the United States (Nuyoricans), however, are determined by linguistic and cultural patterns already established. Cites 12 works. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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