Introduction: What We Talk about When We Talk about Latinx Literature 1 1. Brown Like Me? The Author-Function, Proper Names, and the Rise of Fictional Nobodies 21 2. Confounding the Mimetic: The Metafictional Challenge to Representation 54 3. From Where I Stand: The Intimacy and Distance of We and You in the Short Story 76 4. The Lyric, or, a Radical Singularity in Latinx Verse 98 Conclusion: Thinking beyond Limits 127 Acknowledgments 135 Notes 139 Works Cited 161 Index 175
Ralph E. Rodriguez is associate professor of American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and English at Brown University. He is the author of Brown Gumshoes: Detective Fiction and the Search for Chicana/o Identity.
As Ralph Rodriguez acutely and brilliantly demonstrates, the 'troublingly unstable signifier' has always provoked artistic risk from our writers. In disentangling--but not disengaging--the word from the art itself, he provides a widening spotlight to the fascinating range of aesthetic practices and narrative approaches at the root of so many of our complex representations of race, class, gender, and desire.--author of What You See in the Dark and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue "Manuel Mu oz " Ralph Rodriguez has done the unimaginable: analyzed and accommodated the multiplicities, dynamism, growth, complex sensibilities and allegiances known as Latinx literature in one majestic volume. Eschewing the fictions of monolithic identities, he argues for expanding the "interpretive horizon" of genre and the spectrum of interlocking cultural productions. A groundbreaking book, Latinx Literature Unbound is essential reading for scholars, writers, and readers alike.--author of Dreaming in Cuban and Here in Berlin "Cristina Garc a "