Authored by: Urayoán Noel

The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415666060
eBook ISBN: 9780203097199
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221613


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The history of Latino/a poetry can arguably be traced as far back as the 1500s and the earliest days of the European conquest of the Americas, and to the clash of Spanish, African, and indigenous American cultures that ensued. Despite its long and complex history, and its significance to cultural and political history, the poetry written and performed by US Latinos/as is sometimes marginalized or overlooked in accounts of the US Latino/a experience. For critic and publisher Nicolás Kanellos, Latino poetry is “the iceberg below the surface,” a deep wellspring of forms and ideas that has shaped the broader landscape despite its relative lack of visibility (Kanellos 2002b).

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