South American Latino/a Writers in the United States

Authored by: Juanita Heredia

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.ch41

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Abstract

As Latino/a literature in the United States continues to receive wide critical attention in the second decade of the twenty-first century, it is appropriate to recognize the literary contributions of a wide spectrum of cultural groups south of the US border. Since pioneer Latino/a groups such as Chicanos and Puerto Ricans have struggled to make inroads in highly regarded publishing houses in the United States, it is also important to pay attention to the least-known group of Latino/a authors, South Americans in the United States, for they form a heterogeneous collective whose contribution to American, Latin American and world literary traditions in the twenty-first century can no longer be overlooked. This literary group refers to people of national heritages/origins in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking republic south of Central America. By differentiating these authors from Chicano/a, Puerto Rican and Cuban-American ones in terms of immigration patterns, socioeconomic status, and geographic settlements, South American Latino/a literature reveals a different understanding of the hybrid Latino/a identity in the twenty-first century because many authors in this chapter represent transnational migratory experiences between the US and the South American homeland.

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