Latinidad at the Crossroads

Insights into Latinx Identity in the Twenty-First Century


In Latinidad at the Crossroad: Insights into Latinx identity in the Twenty-First Century Gerke and González Rodríguez provide flashing glimpses into the ways in which Latinas/os struggle to forge their multiracial and multicultural identities within their own communities and in mainstream U.S. society. This volume encompasses an interdisciplinary perspective on the complex range of latinidades that confronts stereotypical connotations, and simultaneously advocates a more flexible (re)definition that may overcome static collective representations of identity, ethnicity and belonging. Well-positioned in the current political context, the notion of latinidad is examined as a complex sociological phenomenon of identity-construction which is affected by outside influences and is used as a powerful linguistic, cultural and ideological weapon to denounce oppression and deconstruct stereotypes. Including chapters from foundational and influential scholars, this collection moves towards a dynamic exploration of how Latinx are remapping their identity positions in twenty-first century America.

Contributors: Francisco A. Lomelí, José Antonio Gurpegui, Esther Álvarez López, Ylce Irizarry, Luisa María González Rodríguez, Ewa Antoszek, Fernando Aquino.

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Amanda Ellen Gerke, Ph.D. (2016), is Assistant Professor at the University of Salamanca. She has published articles, chapters and edited volumes on discourse analysis, sociolinguistic approaches to discourse and literature, semiotic theory, and cultural studies, including The Poetics and Politics of Hospitality in US Literature and Culture (Brill, 2020).

Luisa María González Rodríguez, Ph.D. (2005), is Associate Professor at the University of Salamanca, where she combines research on literature and linguistics. She has published on the politics and aesthetics of postmodern short fiction and on ethnic literatures, including the chapter “Latino Immigrants at the Threshold: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Hospitality in US Barriocentric Narratives” (Brill, 2020).
Notes on Contributors
Puerto Rican Discovery #3: Not Neither

Revisiting Latinidad in the 21st Century
  Amanda Ellen Gerke and Luisa María González Rodríguez

Seismic Shifts in Chicano/a Literature Leading into the Twenty-First Century
Are Latinos/as Now Coasting Or Still Breaking New Ground?
  Francisco A. Lomelí

Digging through the Past to Reconcile Race and Latinx Identity in Dominican-American Women’s Memoirs
  Luisa María González Rodríguez

Dominicans and the Political Realm of Latinidad in New York City
  Fernando Aquino

Identity, De-Colonization and Cosmopolitanism in (Afro)Latina Artists’ Spoken Word Performances
  Esther Álvarez López

Encarnaciones Cubanas
Elías Miguel Muñoz and Queering of the Latina/o Canon
  Ylce Irizarry

Revisiting La Frontera
Consuelo Jiménez Underwood and Ana Teresa Fernández
  Ewa Antoszek

Borders and Immigration
Revisiting Canonical Chicano Literature under Trump’s Regime
  José Antonio Gurpegui

  Amanda Ellen Gerke and Luisa María González Rodríguez


All academic and non-academic readers who are interested in Latinx and cultural studies, identity-formation, Latinx politics and social dynamics, and border studies.
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