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Stavans, Ilan

Works: 317 works in 910 publications in 4 languages and 56,644 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Encyclopedias  Interviews  Drama  Film adaptations  Ethnic films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Translator, Other, Contributor, Publishing director
Classifications: PJ5129.S49, 839.133
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Most widely held works by Ilan Stavans
Collected stories : Gimpel the fool to the Letter writer by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )
36 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 3,471 libraries worldwide
Presents a collection of fifty-four short stories, including "Gimpel the Fool," "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," and "The Mirror."
The Hispanic condition : reflections on culture and identity in America by Ilan Stavans( Book )
27 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 1,690 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
The poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,563 libraries worldwide
A collection of poems by the Nobel Prize-winning author features translations, many of them specially commissioned, of almost six hundred works
The Norton anthology of Latino literature ( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,552 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
Gabriel García Márquez : the early years by Ilan Stavans( Book )
18 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,154 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
Growing up Latino : memoirs and stories ( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,077 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 )
20 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,031 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
The Oxford book of Jewish stories ( Book )
5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 941 libraries worldwide
An anthology of international Jewish fiction, featuring fifty stories by known and unknown writers. The story, The Zulu and the Zeide by Dan Jacobson is on the friendship in South Africa of a Jew and a black servant, while Family Ties by the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector is on Jewish identity
The Oxford book of Latin American essays ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 936 libraries worldwide
"Seventy-seven essays - only 12 by women - include works written in Spanish and Portuguese between 1849 (Bello) and 1994 (Subcomandante Marcos). The broad definition of essay allows for inclusion of pieces such as Borges' 'Pierre Menard,' usually defined as fiction. Historical introduction by Stavans; bio-bibliographical notes for authors. Many pieces translated expressly for this volume. Consistently high level of translation"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58
Encyclopedia Latina : history, culture, and society in the United States ( Book )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 861 libraries worldwide
In its four volumes, 650 entries, 2000 pages and 1.2 million words, Encyclopedia Latina explores every aspect of Latino life in America from a myriad of perspectives, spanning the arts, media, cuisine, government and politics, science and technology, business, health, and sports, among others. While the collection represents an important cultural point of reference and source of pride for Latino youth, it will also serve the interests of an increasingly diverse American population who can all relate to the themes and stories included in this resource
Art and anger : essays on politics and the imagination by Ilan Stavans( Book )
12 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 460 libraries worldwide
Ilan Stavans's vast and subtle knowledge deftly emerges in this engrossing collection of essays. Fascinated by the idea of Western civilization as a sequence of innumerable misinterpretations and misrepresentations, a magisterial Tower of Babel where everybody communicates at once in a different tongue, these nineteen pieces cover a broad range of personal and philosophical topics with the unifying theme being the crossroads where politics and the imagination meet. An essay on linguistics and culture discusses the shaping of Latin America's collective identity as a result of a translation loss. Peru's modern history is approached as a bloody battle between enlightenment and darkness, as personified by the archetypal clash between novelist Mario Vargas Llosa and the leader of Shining Path, Abimael Guzman
The riddle of Cantinflas : essays on Hispanic popular culture by Ilan Stavans( Book )
13 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 446 libraries worldwide
From one of our foremost cultural critics comes a provocative collection of essays on politics and popular culture in Mexico and the Hispanic community in the United States. Ilan Stavans examines the delightful if torturous relationship between a Europeanized elite and the hybrid masses in a continent he sees as imprisoned in the labyrinth of identity. In "Santa Selena," for example, Stavans explores the beatification of the martyred Tejana singer in the context of American pop iconography. Similarly, Stavans's portraits of Jose Guadalupe Posada, Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Sandra Cisneros, Cantinflas, and Carlos Fuentes are less about these luminaries than about what people have turned them into. His search is not for the idol but for the idolater, and for ways in which technology and the media refurbish reality. This theme is nowhere more tangible than in the essay on Subcomandante Marcos as a postmodern incarnation of Che Guevara and Abimael Guzman, a mythical guerrillero whose best weapons were not the bayonet and hand grenade but the fax machine and e-mail
Quinceañera by Ilan Stavans( Book )
9 editions published in 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 275 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
Border culture by Ilan Stavans( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 227 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
Singer's typewriter and mine : reflections on Jewish culture by Ilan Stavans( Book )
9 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 201 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
Telenovelas by Ilan Stavans( Book )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 194 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
José Vasconcelos : the prophet of race by Ilan Stavans( Book )
11 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 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 )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 148 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
Morirse está en Hebreo My Mexican shivah ( visu )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 97 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
Health care by Ilan Stavans( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 87 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. Backed by research using quantitative methods and other techniques, Health Care's seven chapters cover topics ranging from infant care to teenage dating and sexual mores to prescription medication u
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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 (246)
Spanish (9)
Chinese (1)
Hebrew (1)
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