"Barrios and Borderlands" paints a portrait of the complex and fascinating mixture of Latino cultures in the United States today. This unique anthology embraces a broad range of genres, disciplines and ethnicities. It highlights the diversity of Latino cultural expressions and points out the distinctive features of the three major Latino populations: Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban.
The book is organized around six central cultural themes: family, religion, community, the arts, (im)migration and exile, and cultural identity. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme by presenting readings from a variety of genres, including short stories, poems, essays, excerpts from novels, a play, photographs, even a few songs and recipes. These materials allow readers to approach Latino cultures from a multiplicity of perspectives.
The anthology also presents interviews and oral histories of Latinos from diverse walks of life and geographic regions. A migrant worker from the orange groves of Florida, an ethnomusicologist from northern New Mexico, a community organizer in the "maquiladoras" that line the border, a refugee from Central America, a muralist from Los Angeles, a museum director from Chicago, and a Spanish-language television executive from Chile--these are some of the people whose stories enrich the anthology. Their voices provide authenticity, immediacy, drama and inspiration. The interviews draw readers into the subject in an intensely personal way and weave together the various thematic strands of the book.
"Barrios and Borderlands" tells the valuable story of Latino cultures in this country and integrates that story into the larger framework of United States cultural history. Avoiding a chronological approach, it offers a dynamic and integrated way to look at Latino cultures which allows readers to draw comparisons with mainstream culture and with their own personal experiences. The book includes an introduction and a timeline reviewing the history of Latinos in the United States as well as a glossary of Spanish terms.
"A veritable everything-but-the-kitchen-sink compendium of modern Latino prose and speech, this volume gives voice to the underappreciated work and art of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican-Americans."
""Barrios and Borderlands: Cultures of Latinos and Latinas in the United States by Denis Lynn Daly Heyck, is, in a nutshell, just plain fun reading...Heyck has made an important contribution to the understanding from without and self-reflection from within of the Latino community. As a latino myself I felt enriched by "Barrios and Borderlands. I can imagine non-Latinos coming away from this book ....feeling kindred in spirit in this adventure called "America" - at least I hope they do."
-Raul Nino, "Hungry Mind Review
..."The work is balanced with contributions from many groups and contains a statistical appendix about Latins in the United States....Since Latins are moving everywhere-though sometimes they are not visible, they are there-this book belongs in every library."
Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 707
Published: 19th April 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 18.42
Weight (kg): 0.87
Edition Number: 1