248 pages, 6 x 9
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Thinking en español

Interviews with Critics of Chicana/o Literature

The University of Arizona Press
Thinking en español captures conversations with leading Chicana and Chicano literary critics. This unique book consists of interviews with founding members of Chicano criticism conducted by the author, Jesús Rosales, who, through his conversations with leaders such as Luis Leal, María Herrera-Sobek, Tey Diana Rebolledo, and Juan Rodríguez, shows the path of criticism from 1848 to the present.

The twelve critics interviewed for this project share certain characteristics. For each one, Mexico plays an essential role in his or her personal and academic background, and each is bilingual and bicultural, having received formal literary education in Spanish graduate programs. As products of the working class, each scholar here shares a sense of social consciousness and commitment that lends an urgency to their desire to promote Chicano literature and culture at the local, regional, national, and international levels. They serve as a source of inspiration and commitment for future generations of scholars of Chicano literature and leave a lasting legacy of their own. 

Thinking en español legitimizes Chicana/o criticism as an established discipline, and documents the works of some of the most important critics of Chicano literature at the turn of the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. This timely book immortalizes literary historical figures and documents the trajectory of Chicano criticism.
“It really is time to publish something like this that immortalizes these literary historical figures and documents the trajectory of Chican@ criticism.”—Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, author of Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena María Viramontes Critical Reader
“This book is a living testimony to the birth and expansion of Chicana/o literary criticism as a valid field of scholarly pursuit.”—Spencer Herrera, co-author of Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland
Jesús Rosales is an associate professor of Spanish at Arizona State University. He is the author of Alejandro Morales: Encuentro, Historia y Compromiso Social. He serves as the editor of the annual publication Puentes: Revista México-Chicana de Literatura, Cultura y Arte.
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