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What is la hispanidad? A conversation by Ilan Stavans, Ivan Jaksic
  

What is la hispanidad? A conversation

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What is la hispanidad? A conversation by Ilan Stavans, Ivan Jaksic

Natives of the Iberian Peninsula and the twenty countries of Latin America, as well as their kinsfolk who've immigrated to the United States and around the world, share a common quality or identity characterized as la hispanidad. Or do they? In this lively, provocative book, two distinguished intellectuals, a cultural critic and a historian, engage in a series of probing conversations in which they try to discern the nature of la hispanidad and debate whether any such shared identity binds the world's nearly half billion people who are Hispanic. Their conversations range from La Reconquista and Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, who united the Spanish nation while expelling its remaining Moors and Jews, to the fervor for el futbol (soccer) that has swept much of Latin America today. Along the way, they discuss a series of intriguing topics, including the complicated relationship between Latin America and the United States, Spanish language and the uses of Spanglish, complexities of race and ethnicity, nineteenth-century struggles for nationhood and twentieth-century identity politics, and popular culture from literary novels to telenovelas. Woven throughout are the authors' own enlightening experiences of crossing borders and cultures in Mexico and Chile and the United States. Sure to provoke animated conversations among its readers, What is la hispanidad? makes a convincing case that our hispanidad is rooted in a changing tradition, flexible enough to persist beyond boundaries and circumstances. Let us not fix it with a definition, but allow it instead to travel, always.

About the Author

A prominent writer, editor, and translator, Harold Augenbraum is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. He has published six books on Latino literature. IVAN JAKSI is Director of the Stanford University Program in Santiago and Professor of History at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He has taught at Berkeley, Stanford, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame. He has also held research appointments at the Rockefeller Center at Harvard and St. Antony's College at Oxford. His books include The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life, 1820-1880.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2011

Author

Ilan Stavans, Ivan Jaksic

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Publisher

University of Texas Press

Format

Paperback
150 pages

Categories

Cultural studies
Social & cultural history
History of the Americas

ISBN

9780292725614

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