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Stavans, Ilan

Works: 281 works in 727 publications in 3 languages and 52,294 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Biography  Interviews  History  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Translator, Contributor
Classifications: PJ5129.S49, 839.133
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The collected stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )
20 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,316 libraries worldwide
Presents a collection of fifty-four short stories, including "Gimpel the Fool," "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," and "The Mirror."
The riddle of Cantinflas essays on Hispanic popular culture by Ilan Stavans( file )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 2,234 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
The Hispanic condition : reflections on culture and identity in America by Ilan Stavans( Book )
22 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 1,725 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
Art and anger essays on politics and the imagination by Ilan Stavans( file )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 1,722 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 poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda( Book )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,552 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 )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,508 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
Health care by Stavans Ilan( file )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,324 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
Quinceañera ( file )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,266 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 STAVANS ILAN( file )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,244 libraries worldwide
Covers the experiences and issues central to life between cultures to gain a better understanding of this often misunderstood region and state-of-mind
Gabriel García Márquez : the early years by Ilan Stavans( Book )
14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,211 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 1,153 libraries worldwide
A comprehensive collection of Latino writing of fiction and nonfiction works in English
Collected stories : One night in Brazil to The death of Methuselah by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )
9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,135 libraries worldwide
Presents a collection of short stories, including "Brother Beetle" and "The Jew from Babylon" along with ten previously unpublished stories
Josè Vasconcelos The Prophet of Race by Ilan Stavans( file )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,086 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
Telenovelas by Ilan Stavans( file )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,065 libraries worldwide
Drama! Excess! Men in bee suits! Often erroneously compared to soap operas of the United States, outside of the necessary and sometimes fantastical dramatic story arc, however, the telenovela differs greatly from U.S. soap operas and have 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 Telenovelas covers a
Spanglish : the making of a new American language by Ilan Stavans( Book )
18 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,026 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."--BOOK JACKET
The Oxford book of Jewish stories ( Book )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 967 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 )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 946 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 881 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
Singer's typewriter and mine reflections on Jewish culture by Ilan Stavans( file )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 874 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
With all thine heart love and the Bible by Ilan Stavans( file )
6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 874 libraries worldwide
In With All Thine Heart distinguished cultural critic Ilan Stavans speaks to freelance writer Mordecai Drache about love in the Bible. Organized chronologically from Genesis to Exodus and followed by insightful meditations on the Song of Songs and the Book of Job, this book is presented in an engaging, conversational format and touched with striking artwork. The textured dialogue is meant to show 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
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Alternative Names
Stavchansky, Ilan
Stavchansky, Ilan, 1961-
English (208)
Spanish (6)
Hebrew (1)
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