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This volume of essays is the seventh in the series produced under the auspices of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project at the University of Houston. This ongoing and comprehensive program seeks to locate, identify, preserve, and disseminate the literary contributions of U.S. Latinos from the Spanish Colonial Period to contemporary times.
The eleven essays included in this volume examine key issues relevant to the exploration of Hispanic literary production in the United States, including cultural identity, exile thought, class and women's issues.
Originally presented at the ninth biennial conference of the Recovery Project, ''Encuentros y Reencuentros: Making Common Ground,'' held in St. Louis in collaboration with the Western Historical Association's annual meeting in 2006, the essays are divided into four sections: ''History, Culture and Ideology;'' ''Women's Voices: Gender, Politics and Culture;'' ''Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Literature and History;'' and ''Language Representation and Translation.'' The work of scholars involved in making available the written record of Hispanic populations in the U.S. is critical for any comprehensive understanding of the U.S. experience, particularly in the West where the country's history is intricately linked with that of Hispanic peoples since the sixteenth century.
In their introduction, editors Gerald Poyo and Tomas Ybarra-Frausto outline the goals and challenges of the Recovery Project to promote scholarly collaboration in the integration of research and recovered Hispanic texts in various disciplines, including history and Latina/o studies.
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GERALD E. POYO, currently chair of the History Department at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, teaches courses in colonial and modern Latin American History as well as U.S. Ethnic and Immigration History and the History of Latino Communities in the United States. He is the author of ''With All, and For the Good of All,'': The Emergence of Popular Nationalism in the Cuban Communities of the United States (Duke University Press, 1989) and Cuban Catholics in the United States, 1960-1980: Exile and Integration (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007).
TOMAS YBARRA-FRAUSTO, an independent scholar of Latin American and U.S. Latino arts and cultures, he is the former associate director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation. Previously he was a tenured professor at Stanford University. Dr. Ybarra-Frausto has written and published extensively, and has served as chair of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the Smithsonian National Council. He is the recipient of the Smithsonian's Henry Medal and the Mexican government s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives and works in New York City.
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