The Formation of a Latino/a Canon

Authored by: Raphael Dalleo , Elena Machado Sáez

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

10.4324/9780203097199.ch36

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Abstract

US Latino/a literature has a complicated relationship with canon formation. Through anthologies, university courses, and the institutions of literary publication and criticism, canons draw borders, determining who is allowed in and who will be excluded. Yet canons also stake out territory and help imagine communities. Latino/a studies, born as an intervention into an exclusionary American canon, is coming to terms with its own institutionalization and the kinds of selections and hierarchies that process entails. This push and pull, between challenge and consolidation, taking an anti-canon position or creating a counter-canon, marks the ambivalent relationship between Latino/a literary studies and canon formation.

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