LatinX Books for the Classroom


  1. Hopscotch(1963) by Julio Cortazar: The title of the novel refers to Cortazar’s brilliant use of structure. It boasts 155 chapters, which readers can either take chronologically or skipping between them, resulting in a few different endings. Narrator Horacio Oliveiera meanders through Paris nightlife, engaging in philosophical, bohemian discussions with his lover and friends, contemplating the nature and value of existence itself.


  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude(1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Easily one of the most recognized, beloved and studied works of Latin-American literature, the lush One Hundred Years of Solitude blends the tenets of the modernist, magic realist and Vanguardia movements into one memorable novel. Drawing from Colombian history — especially as it pertains to the city of Macondo — he weaves the intricate tale of seven generations. All of them experience some form of bizarre hardship in a way that mirrors the city’s real-life struggles.
  1. Conversation in the Cathedral(1969) by Mario Vargas Llosa:As Odria’s dictatorship plagues Peru, characters hailing from vastly different sociopolitical backgrounds intertwine. Through discussions at a bar known as the Cathedral, two men express their own experiences and opinions regarding the volatile political climate. Along the way, they also attempt to untangle the complex issues surrounding the role one’s father played in the death of a major underworld instigator.
  1. The Obscene Bird of Night(1970) by Jose Donoso: Slowly, deftly, this novel explores questions of time and its intimate, essential relationship with life. Magic realism, a staple component of many notable Latin-American works, relays the traditional Chilote tale of the Imbunche — driving home its eerily supernatural theme. Existential crises, it seems, can bring out the ravaging monster in many people.Unknown-8.jpeg
  1. I, the Supreme(1974) by Augusto Roa Bastos: Like many highly regarded Latin-American authors, Paraguayan Augusto Roa Bastos found narrative inspiration in his nation’s tempestuous history and layered culture. His exceptionally experimental, frequently lauded novel questions the validity and stability of a dictatorship, pulling elements directly from then-current politics. Although he understandably took some liberties with reality, the result eventually defined an entire genre.
  1. Kiss of the Spider Woman(1976) by Manuel Puig: This tense stream-of-consciousness novel is also an essential read for those who enjoy or want to learn more about LGBTQIA literature as well. Taking place almost completely in dialogue, the narrative focuses on a gay window-dresser and a political revolutionary sharing a Buenos Aires prison cell. Deep philosophical discussions help the pair pass the time and learn more about the world around them, which eventually leads to both romance and tragedy.Unknown-9.jpeg
  1. Like Water for Chocolate(1989) by Laura Esquivel: Fans of magic realism and amazing food would do well to pick up this acclaimed tale of forbidden romance. Heroine Tita de la Garza and ranch hand Pedro want to wed one another very much, but family traditions that the youngest daughter must remain unmarried in order to care for her mother. In her grief, the heartbroken young woman turns to the culinary arts for comfort and personal expression.Unknown-7.jpeg
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao(2007) by Junot Diaz: Curses and comics define the life of the doomed eponymous protagonist, who manages to persist through his brutal existence with surprising grace and tenacity. Through the narration of his former roommate and sister’s lover, the dramatic history of the de Leon family before, during and after the Trujillo Regime gradually comes to life. Readers who pay close attention to the myriad footnotes will get a detailed, thoroughly intriguinglesson in the history of the Dominican Republic.
    unknown-91.jpeg9.  Yo-Yo Boing!(1998) by Giannina Braschi: This experimental novel was the first to ever be published in Spanglish, offering up a literary testimony to the perpetual blurring between languages and cultures on the American continents. Not only does the language “yo-yo,” but the topics at hand do as well. Braschi blows through everything from sex to philosophy to pop culture to current events to literature to art. Though such a structure occasionally dizzies the m ind, it certainly punctuates the overarching theme.


  1. Dreaming in Cuban (1992) by Cristina Garcia: Narrators, epistles and timelines shift throughout three generations of women before, during and after immigration to the United States. It portrays life in Cuba during the nation’s most critical years of political upheaval, juxtaposing it with the struggles of descendants in the adopted homeland.Unknown-10.jpeg

11. The House on Mango Street(1984) by Sandra Cisneros:Young Esperanza Cordero comes of age in one of Chicago’s Puerto Rican and Chicano ghettos. Her lyrical vignettes highlight the socioeconomic plight of the urban impoverished, the importance of family, sexual awakening and gender roles. All of Esperanza’s stories intentionally connect in the thinnest possible fashion, but do an excellent job of highlighting her growth as a person.

12. The Old Gringo(1985) by Carlos Fuentes: The renowned author found inspiration in the story of American satirist Ambrose Bierce, who utterly disappeared during the Mexican Revolution. In this adaptation, an elderly man flees from his disappointing life with the hopes of either dying or discovering a renewed purpose. What follows is a heavy tale of cultural exchange and politics against a backdrop of a devastated nation.
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Mohsin Hamid recommends the best Transnational Literature

Beleaguered ‘citizens of nowhere’ will be pleased to know they have their own literary genre. For anyone who has ever wondered where they belong, or why, when you leave your home country, it’s never the same when you return, here are the best five books to read—including some by the greatest authors of the 20th century.

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    No Longer at Ease
    by Chinua Achebe

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    A Moveable Feast
    by Ernest Hemingway

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    Meatless Days: A Memoir
    by Sara Suleri

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    The Buddha in the Attic
    by Julie Otsuka

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    by Jorge Luis Borges

Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, selected as winner or finalist of twenty awards, and translated into thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.

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World Policy Institute Asks Sandra Cisneros, Giannina Braschi, Devutt Pattanaik…

“What values from your parents’ generation would you preserve in a changing world?”

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The World Policy Institute is a non-partisan organization that  champions innovative policies that require a progressive, global point of view.  Its programs and journal focus on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions to achieve: an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, engaged global civic participation and effective governance, and collaborative approaches to national and global security


Afghan civil justice leader Sakena Yacoobi, Mexican-American novelist Sandra Cisneros and Indian author Devdutt Pattanaik weigh in on the politics of intergenerational ties in the new edition of World Policy Journal. 



Poet Giannina Braschi, author of United States of Banana explains how the time has come for Puerto Rican independence; she states that “Liberty is a right: the right to self-determination.”









Respect, diversity, and acceptance may not always be “traditional” family values, writes Williams Rashidi, founder and Director of Queer Alliance Nigeria; however they are universal values that should be upheld in the fight for LGBTQ rights.


Arya Rajam describes the importance of respecting elders and cherishing relatives, even as Indian families become separated across continents. And, amid the country’s modernization, Xiaoling Shu contends that Chinese families continue to emphasize education and interdependence.





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Jessica Loudis, Editor

Yaffa Fredrick, Special Projects Editor

Laurel Jarombek, Managing Editor
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CFP: Race, Recreation in Africa, Asia, Latin America

Event: 01/31/2018
Abstract: 01/31/2018

Organization: University of Guelph

We invite submissions for Volume 6 of the peer-reviewed academic journal Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America (RASAALA). Volume 6 is tentatively titled “Race and Inequality in Recreation”. We are particularly interested in articles that explore the ties between race, inequality, and access to leisure through sociological, historical, psychological, economic, political, legal, medical, literary, philosophical, and/or interdisciplinary lenses. RASAALAwelcomes submissions from a variety of regions within our scope and promotes transnational studies.

RASAALA encourages original research into the relationship between recreation (sports, games, tourism, pageants, and carnivals, etc.) and communities (local, national, and international) in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The journal publishes articles on all relevant domains within which modern, ancient, and traditional recreation and leisure impacted, continue to impact, and was/is in turn impacted by society and the individual. RASAALA hopes to chart the debate relating to the nature of changes in agencies responsible for development, practice, and organization of recreation and leisure in society.

Please send your submission (a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages) to the Chief Editor of RASAALA, Dr. Dannelle Gutarra Cordero (Princeton University), at by January 31, 2018.




Categories: American, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, British, 20th & 21st Century, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Medieval, Romantics, Victorian, Comparative, Digital Humanities, French, Gender & Sexuality, Genre & Form, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children’s Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, German, Interdisciplinary, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Popular Culture, Lingustics, Literary Theory, Pedagogy, Rhetoric & Composition, Women’s Studies, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Eastern European, Hispanic & Latino, Indian Subcontinent, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Pacific Literature, Postcolonial, Scandinavian
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Institute for World Literature 2018 Program Announced

The 2018 Institute for World Literature session will take place at the University of Tokyo at the beautiful Hongo Campus from July 2 through July 26, 2018, in collaboration with the Department of Contemporary Literary Studies, Faculty of Letters(現代文芸論研究室).

The four-week program includes a total of ten two-week seminars taught by leading names in world literature today, together with outstanding guest lectures and the opportunity for participants to share their work in colloquia, as well as panels on publishing and the job market.

Participants include:


Christopher Bush, Northwestern University

Pheng Cheah, University of California at Berkeley

David Damrosch, Harvard University

Wiebke Denecke, Boston University

Ursula Heise, UCLA



Mitsuyoshi Numano, University of Tokyo

Katharina Piechocki, Harvard University

Jing Tsu, Yale University

Delia Ungureanu, University of Bucharest

Zhang Longxi, City University of Hong Kong


Click here to download our 2018 IWL flyer.

Eight colloquia groups organized around broad themes: World Literature and Production, World Literature and Circulation, World Literature and Translation, Postcolonialism and World Literature, World Cinema and World Literature, Premodern Literature and World Literature; Politics, Poetics and World Literature.

Apply by February 1, 2018. Click here to apply.



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CFP: Global Black Desires Conference 2018


The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean Conference:




Conference date and location:

May 4, 2018

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

New York City

contact email:

Deadline for submissions: January 5, 2018


IRADAC invites submissions for its conference themed Global Black Desires to be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Broadly conceiving black desires, the conference aligns with scholarly traditions that imagine blackness in a global context as it draws on diverse disciplinary and theoretical approaches. Whether they concern moral, legal, political, corporal, spatial, creative, erotic, or economic desires in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, or Africa, discussions about the associated freedoms and constraints engendered by black desires provide an opportunity to expand the knowledge base and significance of black diaspora studies. Additionally, this scholarly intervention promises to illuminate our consciousness of possibilities and limitations of individual, national, transnational, and diaspora objectives. While the conference welcomes submissions on a wide range of themes and topics, it primarily aims to resonate with the IRADAC fellows’ specializations. Fellows’ research interests include queerness in the Caribbean, global childhood, performing the diaspora, education and social movements, abolitionist geographies, exile and the politics of belonging, and framings of black femininity.



Paper proposals should include the following:

*A title

*An abstract (250 words or less)

*A short bio including institutional affiliation

Send all proposals to by January 5, 2018.



cultural studies and historical approaches



world literatures and indigenous studies



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CFP: Edwidge Danticat Society at ALA, May 24-27, 2018 (San Francisco)




The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for our affiliate panel at the 29th Annual American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, California. In celebration of the Ford Foundation awarding Danticat the Art of Change Fellowship, we seek papers that examine the ever-present intersections between Art and Justice in Danticat’s work. Whether cultural commentary in the essay: “DACA, Hurricane Irma, and Young Americans’ Dreams Deferred,” postcolonial ecocriticism in the novel: Claire of the Sea Light , or critical commentary on the Immigration Industrial Complex in the memoir: Brother, I’m Dying , Danticat’s activist and literary work are inextricable.

The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, and possible topics addressing her overall work include, but are not limited to:

  • Danticat’s cultural commentary on global anti-blackness
  • Ecocriticism in her literature
  • Criticism on Migration and the Immigration Industrial Complex
  • Creating Dangerously through reading and writing
  • Black Lives Matter Movement and Immigrants of Color
  • Poto Mitan: Haitian women, work and resistance
  • Memory, Counter-archiving and the Trujillo and/or Duvalier dictatorships
  • By January 15, 2018, please submit a 150-word biography, 300-word abstract (including working title) and any a/v needs to Megan Feifer,


Membership with the Edwidge Danticat Society ( is required for panelists, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration.

Membership dues to the Edwidge Danticat Society ( ) and ALA conference registration ( ) must be paid by April 15, 2018, or papers/panels will not appear in the conference program.




cultural studies and historical approaches

ethnicity and national identity


world literatures and indigenous studies





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