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Caulfield and Davis offer a broad yet succinct introduction to and discussion of the complex character of US Latino literature and film. They offer a well-reasoned, well-argued definition of this somewhat amorphous corpus, which for decades (even centuries) has defied definition because of its varied national, ethnic, linguistic, social, and political makeup. By establishing the label "Latino" as "nuanced and shaped by relationships to power," the editors problematize the category and extol its rich, broad origins and current constitutive elements. The book grasps and interprets for the reader the differences and relationships among historical and contemporary works by US Latino writers whose national or ethnic origins are in the US and/or the Caribbean, Central or South America, or even Spain, while always carefully contextualizing, sociopolitically and economically, the connection between the two. The essays are all by noted scholars in Mexican American/Chicano, Cuban American, Puerto Rican, Dominican American, Brazilian American, Argentine American, Afro-Hispanic, and Latin American Jewish literature and film. Each functions as a mini-introduction to a distinct area and genre. The contributors discuss group-, gender-, and genre-specific considerations and provide inclusive, well-written bibliographies. Though certainly not exhaustive, this is a welcome, much-needed contribution to the literature. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers; all levels. K. C. Dworkin Carnegie Mellon University
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