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Handbook of Hispanic cultures in the United States

Author: Nicolás Kanellos; Claudio Esteva Fabregat
Publisher: Houston, Tex. : Arte Público Press ; Madrid, Spain : Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, ©1993-©1994.
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This work focuses on the culture of Hispanics, the fastest-growing ethnic group in the U.S. Reference works on Hispanic culture are few, yet this group is exerting an increasingly stronger influence on all aspects of American life. The project grew out of a series of conferences sponsored by the Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana in Madrid between 1983 and 1990. In one seminar on Hispanic communities in the  Read more...
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Handbook of Hispanic cultures in the United States.
Houston, Tex. : Arte Público Press ; Madrid, Spain : Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, ©1993-©1994
(OCoLC)594512440
Online version:
Handbook of Hispanic cultures in the United States.
Houston, Tex. : Arte Público Press ; Madrid, Spain : Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, ©1993-©1994
(OCoLC)624459032
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicolás Kanellos; Claudio Esteva Fabregat
ISBN: 1558850740 9781558850743 1558851011 9781558851016 155885102X 9781558851023
OCLC Number: 28066897
Description: 4 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: [1]. Literature and art / edited and introduced by Francisco Lomelí --
[2]. History / edited by Alfredo Jiménez --
[3]. Sociology / edited by Félix Padilla --
[4]. Anthropology / edited by Thomas Weaver.
Responsibility: general editors, Nicolás Kanellos, Claudio Esteva-Fabregat.

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This work focuses on the culture of Hispanics, the fastest-growing ethnic group in the U.S. Reference works on Hispanic culture are few, yet this group is exerting an increasingly stronger influence on all aspects of American life. The project grew out of a series of conferences sponsored by the Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana in Madrid between 1983 and 1990. In one seminar on Hispanic communities in the U.S., participants concluded that there was a serious bibliographic gap regarding this culture. The institute decided to produce an encyclopedia that would be written largely by U.S. Hispanics. This four-volume work covering history, literature and art, anthropology, and sociology is the result. Each volume is edited by a distinguished scholar of Hispanic culture and involves the collaboration of scholars on both sides of the Atlantic. Each begins with the same general introduction that discusses the development of Hispanic communities within the U.S. from the arrival of the Spaniards to present-day influences from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Essays are not in alphabetical order, but in a classified arrangement. Volume 1, History, begins with an interpretive essay that criticizes the lack of recognition of the Hispanic influence in the building of the American nation. What follows is a collection of essays on such subjects as "The Spanish Exploration, Conquest and Settlement of New Mexico, 1540-1680," "Spanish Culture of the Golden Age and Eighteenth Century," and histories of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans in the U.S. The volume covering Hispanic literature and art begins with an essay that attempts to foster an appreciation of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Chicano arts and letters. It goes on to discuss each people's literature by genre, which includes theater, the novel, poetry, and the short story. Other essays discuss women writers, the Hispanic oral tradition, art, music, cinema, and the Spanish-language press. The volume on sociology contains wide-ranging material, from the politics of Cuban emigres to "American-heritage families" to Cuban women in the U.S. Essays discuss religion, education, and feminism. The cultures of Hispanic groups are compared and described, along with such topics as language and culture, fiestas, entertainment, migration, and marriage and kinship. Each section of each volume ends with a bibliography of materials in both English and Spanish. All essays are signed, and the credentials of the authors are provided. Black-and-white photographs (and in the literature and art volume, colorplates) and other illustrations are used throughout. Each volume has an index. Some material is written in a turgid academic style. With better editing, some essays could have been presented in a more interesting fashion for a lay audience.

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