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Stavans, Ilan

Works: 348 works in 1,092 publications in 4 languages and 63,436 library holdings
Genres: Short stories  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Autobiographies  Interviews  Drama  Film adaptations  Comedy films  Ethnic films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Narrator, Publishing director
Classifications: PJ5129.S49, 839.133
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ilan Stavans
The Norton anthology of Latino literature( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: A dazzling and definitive compendium of the Latino literary tradition. This groundbreaking Norton Anthology includes the work of 201 Latino writers from Chicano, Cuban-, Puerto Rican-, and Dominican-American traditions, as well as writing from other Spanish-speaking countries. Under the general editorship of award-winning cultural critic Ilan Stavans, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature traces four centuries of writing, from letters to the Spanish crown by sixteenth-century conquistadors to the cutting-edge expressions of twenty-first-century cartoonistas and artists of reggaeton. In six chronological sections-Colonization, Annexation, Acculturation, Upheaval, Into the Mainstream, and Popular Traditions-it encompasses all genres, featuring such writers as Jose Marti, William Carlos Williams, Julia Alvarez, Oscar Hijuelos, Cristina Garcia, Piri Thomas, Esmeralda Santiago, and Junot Diaz. Twelve years in the making, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature sheds new light on "nuestra America" through a gathering of writing unprecedented in scope and vitality
The poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 1,570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems by the Nobel Prize-winning author features translations, many of them specially commissioned, of almost six hundred works
Gabriel García Márquez : the early years by Ilan Stavans( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This long awaited biography provides a fascinating and comprehensive picture of Garcia Marquez's life up to the publication of his classic 100 Years of Solitude. Based on nearly a decade of research, this biographical study sheds new light on the life and works of the Nobel Laureate, father of magical realism, and bestselling author in the history of the Spanish language. As Garcia Marquez's impact endures on well into his ninth decade, the biographer's keen insights constitute the definitive re-appraisal of the literary giant's life and corpus. The later part of his life will be covered in a second book
The Hispanic condition : reflections on culture and identity in America by Ilan Stavans( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the cultural and behavioral similarities and differences between Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans. Discusses whether Hispanics will assimilate into mainstream American society or remain a separate identity
Collected stories : Gimpel the fool to the Letter writer by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )

13 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of fifty-four short stories, including "Gimpel the Fool," "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," and "The Mirror."
Collected stories : One night in Brazil to The death of Methuselah by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of short stories, including "Brother Beetle" and "The Jew from Babylon" along with ten previously unpublished stories
Collected stories : a friend of Kafka to Passions by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )

13 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of sixty-five short stories
Growing up Latino : memoirs and stories( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive collection of Latino writing of fiction and nonfiction works in English
Spanglish : the making of a new American language by Ilan Stavans( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Naturally controversial, Spanglish outrages English-language-only proponents, who seek to ban all languages other than English north of the Rio Grande. Equal in their outrage are Spanish-language purists and the supporters of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in Madrid, as they deem Spanglish a cancer to their precious and centuries-old tongue. With elegance and erudition, Ilan Stavans reflects on the verbal rift that has given birth to Spanglish. He shows the historical tensions between the British and Spanish Empires, and how in 1588, with the sinking of the grand Spanish Armada, the rivalry between the two empires was solidified, and to this day, the differences in religion and culture continue their fight linguistically." "He ponders major historical events, such as the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty of 1848 and the Spanish-American War fifty years later, as agents of radical linguistic change, although, as he rightly states, it is in the second half of the twentieth century that Spanglish sped into our daily reality." "Stavans also points out the similarities and differences Spanglish has with Yiddish, so thoroughly blending into the American vocabulary, and the much-debated Ebonics, which made headlines in the early 1990s as a uniquely African American blend of proper English and urban slang. Ultimately, Stavans deftly proves that the manner in which a language stays alive is through mutation and that its survival doesn't depend on academies but on the average person's need for expression. This explains why it is increasingly used not only in kitchens and school but in music, TV, film, and literature, all expressions of the American collective soul." "Coupled with Stavan's insights is a substantial lexicon that shows the breadth and ingenuity of this growing vocabulary - at times, semantically obvious, then also surprisingly inventive. A translation into Spanglish of the first chapter of Don Quixote de La Mancha comes as a bonus. The added impact proves that Spanglish is more than a language - it is the perfect metaphor for an American that is a hybrid, a sum of parts."--Jacket
Art and anger : essays on politics and the imagination by Ilan Stavans( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his critiques of Octavio Paz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Stavans reflects on the dichotomy between pen and sword in the Hispanic world and wonders why we are so mesmerized by magic realism, a literary style that poses as unsettling while remaining thoroughly conventional at heart. In "Letter to a German Friend," Stavans returns to his fate as a Jew in the Southern Hemisphere, and in "The First Book," he connects his passion for literature to his initiation into Jewishness. Finally, in the brilliant meditation on Columbus's afterlife, he reflects on the many ways in which we reinvent ourselves in order to make sense of the chaotic world that surrounds us
The scroll and the cross : 1,000 years of Jewish-Hispanic literature by Ilan Stavans( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jews and Latinos have been unlikely partners through tumultuous times. This groundbreaking, eclectic book of readings, edited by Ilan Stavans, whom The Washington Post described as ""one of our foremost cultural critics, "" offers a sideboard of the ups and downs of that partnership. It includes some seventy canonical authors, Jews and non-Jews alike, through whose diverse oeuvre-poetry, fiction, theater, personal and philosophical essays, correspondence, historical documents, and even kitchen recipes-the reader is able to navigate the shifting waters of history, from Spain in the tenth century
Quinceañera( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume examines the importance of ritual and celebration and the quinceanera celebration's growing social importance to the Latino community, particularly in the United States. The essays explore the quinceanera and the coming-of-age ritual from various angles. Prior to 2007, the quinceanera received no formal ritual through the Catholic Church, which has since issued one. As such, the role of religion and the Catholic Church in the quinceanera celebration is given extensive consideration. Gender, family status, class, race, as well as the aspects of performance are all discussed as central themes of the celebration. Delving through myriad perspectives, The book illuminates the festivities' form and function in creating social and personal identity within the family and the larger Latino community
The inveterate dreamer : essays and conversations on Jewish culture by Ilan Stavans( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not only do "modern" Jewish languages like Yiddish and Hebrew have their own Jewish writers, but every major Western tongue-from German and Russian to English and Portuguese-does as well. These writers are often at the crossroad between the two traditions: their Jewish one and their own national one. Is there such a thing as a modern Jewish literary tradition, one navigating across linguistic and national lines? If so, how should one define it? Stavans explores the problems and prospects of representing Jewish experiences through such media as Holocaust memoirs and Jewish museums; astutely comments on well-known intellectual figures, including Lionel Trilling, Isaac Babel, Primo Levi, Harold Bloom, and Walter Benjamin; engages in memorable conversations with Norman Manea, Joseph Brodsky, and Ariel Dorfman; and offers compelling glimpses of revelatory moments in his own life
Border culture by Ilan Stavans( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The border between the United States and Mexico, despite attempts at containment, remains a vast and uniquely malleable, yet indefinable, region. With Border Culture, Ilan Stavans has collected essays representative of the tangled experiences and issues central to life between cultures. Divided into two sections, Border Culture covers topics essential to better understanding this often misunderstood region and state-of-mind. The first section, "Considerations," culls essays covering socioeconomic and political topics illustrating the hyperreality of life and living on La Frontera. The second section, "Testimonios," takes careful consideration of lives affected by the border, either as a finite place, alternate universe, or the framework of the border as a state-of-mind, through various historic and literary accounts of La Frontera. This enlightening and comprehensive collection will no doubt help readers better understand border culture. -- from back cover
Telenovelas by Ilan Stavans( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama! Excess! Men in bee suits! Though sometimes fantastical and dramatic, the telenovela differs greatly from U.S. soap operas and has regional and cultural distinctions throughout Latin America. In Telenovelas, Ilan Stavans has gathered over two dozen essays covering the telenovela for readers to better understand the phenomenon and its myriad layers. Branching off from radionovelas, the telenovela was exported from pre-Castro Cuba during the 1950s. The essays found in Telenovela cover a broad view of the genre, television's impact on Latino culture, as well as more in-depth discussions of specific telenovelas throughout the Spanish-speaking television audience in North America. Also explored is how telenovelas depict stereotypes, repsond to gender and class roles, and examine the differences in topic and thematic choices as well as production values unique to each country. -- from back cover
Singer's typewriter and mine : reflections on Jewish culture by Ilan Stavans( Book )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Singer's Typewriter and Mine, a follow-up to The Inveterate Dreamer (Nebraska, 2001), Stavans interweaves his own experience with that of other Jewish writers and thinkers, past and present, to explore modern Jewish culture across the boundaries of language and nation. Juxtaposing the personal and the analytical, these essays and conversations take up the oeuvres of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Mario Vargas Llosa, translation and God's language, storytelling as midrash, anti-Semitism in Hispanic America, Yiddish and Sephardic literatures, the connection between humor and terror, impostors as cultural agents, the creators of the King James Bible, and the encounter between Jewish and Latino civilizations, to name but a few of Stavans's topics here. Funny, engaging, and provocative, this collection continues Stavans's project of opening new vistas in our cross-cultural understanding of language, literature, and life."--Publisher' description
José Vasconcelos : the prophet of race by Ilan Stavans( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

JosT Vasconcelos was a controversial Mexican scholar who fostered an alternative view of the future. In JosT Vasconcelos: The Prophet of Race, his influential 1925 essay, "Mestizaje"--Key to understanding the role he played in the shaping of multiethnic America-is for the first time showcased and properly analyzed. Ilan Stavans insightfully and comprehensively examines the essay in biographical and historical context, and considers how many in the United States, especially Chicanos during the civil rights era, used it as a platform for their political agenda
With all thine heart : love and the Bible by Ilan Stavans( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""In these fascinating conversations, a brilliant literary scholar turns his meticulous attention to familiar texts of the Jewish Bible that speak of love and human emotion. What results is a uniqueness of perception, as well as a transforming experience for the reader:'Sherwin B. Nuland, author of How We Die" ""Ilan Stavans bites into the apple and invites us to share the fruit of his knowledge. The perfect guide to the biblical universe, he spins brilliant metaphors that help us re-envision not only the timeless tales but also our own time-bound world:'Ruth Knafo Setton, author of The Road to Fez" ""An essential topic, scrutinized with profound knowledge, insight, and acuity. A wonderful, precious book:'Norman Manea, author of The Hooligan's Return" "Is the Bible actually a love story between a deity and a people? And what does this love story have to do with the modern world? In With All Thine Heart distinguished cultural critic Ilan Stavans engages in a conversation with freelance writer Mordecai Drache about love in the Bible." "Addressing a wide range of topics, from biblical archaeology and fundamentalism to Hollywood movies, lexicography, and the act of praying, the dialogue between Stavans and Drache shows how the Bible is a multidimensional text and one that, when considered over the course of history, still has the power to shape our world. Organized chronologically from Genesis to Exodus and followed by insightful meditations on the Song of Songs and the Book of Job, With All Thine Heart is a delightful intellectual and spiritual treat."--Jacket
Health care by Ilan Stavans( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work highlights the myriad problems Latinos face in becoming fully acculturated consumers of health care. Its series of chapters by expert contributors bridge the communication gap between mainstream medical professionals who need to understand the Latino worldview and Latinos that need to adapt to the puzzling complexity of providers and insurers that make up the American health care system
Morirse está en Hebreo = My Mexican shivah( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in Spanish and Hebrew and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, Springall's seriocomic drama depicts the religious rituals and dysfunctional dynamics of a Mexican Jewish family coping with the untimely death of their beloved pater familias Moishe. Cultures collide as Moishe's large family and assorted eccentric friends gather to pay their respects to the dead, sitting shivah for a week, as is the Jewish tradition. Watching the loca familia in mourning is a pair of irascible (and invisible) Yiddish-speaking Angels, who take stock of the deceased's decidedly unorthodox life. Leading the family in demonstrating their grief is Moishe's neurotic middle-aged daughter Esther, who threatens to kill her father's long-time mistress, Julia Palafox, if she dares to show her face
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The Norton anthology of Latino literature
Alternative Names
Ilan Stavans lexicograaf uit Mexico

Stavchansky, Ilan

Stavchansky, Ilan 1961-

イラン・スタバンス メキシコ系アメリカ人のエッセイスト、文化評論家、言語学者、辞典編纂者、翻訳家、教育者、そしてスパングリッシュ研究の権威としても知られる人物

English (264)

Spanish (28)

Hebrew (2)

Chinese (1)

The poetry of Pablo NerudaGabriel García Márquez : the early yearsThe Hispanic condition : reflections on culture and identity in AmericaCollected stories : Gimpel the fool to the Letter writerCollected stories : One night in Brazil to The death of MethuselahCollected stories : a friend of Kafka to PassionsGrowing up Latino : memoirs and storiesSpanglish : the making of a new American language