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Module Reading List - Semester 1

Modern Spanish-American Literature, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Roberto Rodriguez-Saona
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Nicolás Guillén - Bibliography

Guillén, Nicolás.  Summa poética , ed. by Luis Iñigo Madrigal (Cátedra). (2 BL; 2 EBL)


González, Mike & David Treece . The gathering of voices : the twentieth-century poetry of Latin America (London: Verso, 1992), esp. Chapters 4 and 8. (1 BL; 3 EBL) Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Ellis, Keith.  Cuba's Nicolás Guillén : poetry and ideology (Toronto: U of Toronto P, c.1983). (1 BL; 4 EBL)

Williams, Lorna.  Self and society in the poetry of Nicolás Guillén (Baltimore: John Hopkins UP, c.1982). (3 EBL)

Smart, Ian Isidore.  Nicolás Guillén : popular poet of the Caribbean (Columbia: U of Missouri P, 1990). (1 EBL)

White, Clement A.  Decoding the word : Nicolás Guillén as maker and debunker of myth (Miami: Universal, 1993). (1 BL)

Kutzinski, Vera M.  Sugar's secrets : race and the erotics of Cuban nationalism (U of Virginia P, 1994). (1 BL; 1 EBL)

 ---  Against the American grain : myth and history in William Carlos Williams, Jay Wright, and Nicolás Guillén (John Hopkins UP, 1987). (1 BL; 1 EBL)

Sardinha, Carl Dennis.  The poetry of Nicolas Guillen : an introduction (London: New Beacon Books, 1976). (1 BL; 1 EBL)

Kubayanda, Josaphat B.  The poet's Africa : Africanness in the poetry of Nicolás Guillén and Aimé Césaire (Greenwood Press, 1990). (1 EBL)

Mullen, Edward J.  Afro-Cuban literature : critical junctures (Greenwood Press, 1998). (1 BL)

Manabe, Noriko. 'Reinterpretations of the Son: Versions of Guillén's Motivos de son by Grenet, García Caturla and Roldán' in Latin American music review = Revista de música Latinamericana. Vol. 30, No. 2 (2009), 115-158

Stubbs, Jean, & Pedro P.   AfroCuba : an anthology of Cuban writing on race, politics and culture (Ocean Press, 1993)

Sarduy, Pedro P., & Jean Stubbs. Afro-Cuban voices : on race and identity in contemporary Cuba (UP of Florida, 2000). (1 BL)

Finn, Julio.  Voices of négritude : with an anthology of négritude poems translated from the French, Portuguese and Spanish (London: Quartet Books, 1988). (1 BL)

Pérez Firmat, Gustavo.  My own private Cuba : essays on Cuban literature and culture (Boulder, CO: Society of Spanish and Spanish American Studies, 1999). (1 BL)

Pérez Firmat, Gustavo.  The Cuban condition : translation and identity in modern Cuban literature (Cambridge: CUP, 1989), esp. Chapter 4. (1 BL) Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Benítez-Rojo, Antonio.  The repeating island : the Caribbean and the postmodern perspective (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1992), esp. Chapters 3 and 4. (1 BL; 1 EBL) Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Fernández, Damián J., & Madeline Cámara Betancourt, eds.  Cuba, the elusive nation : interpretations of national identity (UP of Florida, 2000). (1 BL)

 Pérez, Lisandro & Uva de Aragon, eds. Cuban studies. 30 (U of Pittsburgh P, 2000). (1 BL)

Ruscalleda Bercedóniz, Jorge María.  La poesía de Nicolás Guillén : (cuatro elementos sustanciales) (Río Piedras: Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1975). (1 BL)

Morejón, Nancy, ed.  Recopilación de textos sobre Nicolás Guillén (Havana: Casa de las Américas, 1974). (1 BL)

Augier, Angel I.  Nicolás Guillén : notas para un estudio biográfico-crítico , 2 vols (Santa Clara: Dirección de Publicaciones, Universidad Central de las Villas, 1962-). (1 BL)

Martínez Estrada, Ezequiel.  La poesía de Nicolás Guillén (Buenos Aires: Calicanto, 1977). (1 BL)

Crahan, Margaret E. & Franklin W. Knight,  eds . Africa and the Caribbean : the legacies of a link (Baltimore: John Hopkins UP, 1979). (1 BL)

DeCosta, Miriam, ed.  Blacks in Hispanic literature : critical essays (Port Washington, NY: Kennikat, 1977). (1 BL)

Jackson, R.L.  The Black image in Latin American literature (Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1976). (1 BL)

Moreno Fraginals, M., ed.  África en América Latina (Mexico City: UNESCO/Siglo XXI, 1977). (1 BL)

Kapcia, Antoni. ‘Revolution, the Intellectual and a Cuban Identity: The Long Tradition’, Bulletin of Latin American research. . , 1 (1982), 63-78. (EBL – hardcopy – Stack Geog A-0.01 BUL, or online)

Ellis, Keith. ‘Género e ideología en la poesía de Nicolás Guillén’, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos. , 15:3 (1991), 563-73. (BL – Sp A-0.01 REV)

López-Calvo, Ignacio. ‘La mujer en Nicolás Guillén : simbolos botánicos y animales’, Revista Review Interamericana , 26:1-4 (1996), 117-22. (HDC – Article L0002)

Carballo, Robert. ‘Place and otherness : the consolidation of a national identity in the poetry of Nicolás Guillén’, Revista Review Interamericana , 26:1-4 (1996), 109-15.

Morejón, Nancy ‘ El concepto de nacionalidad en Nicolás Guillén ’, Casa de las Américas , 22:128 (1981), 26-46.

Turull, Antoni ‘ Cómo ser poeta popular : el ejemplo de Nicolás Guillén ’, Casa de las Américas , 132 (1982), 87-90.

Ellis, Keith ‘Images of Black People in the Poetry of Nicolás Guillén’, Afro-Hispanic Review , 7:1-3 (1988), 19-22. (See tutor)

Bush, Roland E. ‘Cuba’s Nicolás Guillén as Poet of Negritude’, Afro-Hispanic Review , 4:2-3 (1985), 5-10. (See tutor)

There is a special edition of Callaloo dedicated to Guillén (criticism and translations of his poems) which is networked on the university’s computers - you can download or print off these articles. Find Callaloo under the journals/periodicals title search and follow instructions to search for ‘Guillén’ in the titles of articles. Volume 31 is the special edition.

For a concise overview of Cuban history and culture in the 20thC, see Edwin Williamson, The Penguin history of Latin America (1992), Chapter 12. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Moore, Robin, (1997) Introduction. FROM: Moore, Robin, Nationalizing blackness : afrocubanismo and artistic revolution in Havana, 1920-1940. pp.1-12. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press Avaiable as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

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Rosario Castellanos Bibliography

Castellanos, Rosario.  Balún Canán (1957) - any edition. (1 BL; 4 EBL)


Ahern, Maureen, ed. & trans.  A Rosario Castellanos reader : an anthology of her poetry, short fiction, essays, and drama (Austin: U of Texas P, 1988). (1 BL; 2 EBL)

O’Connell, Joanna.  Prospero's daughter : the prose of Rosario Castellanos (Austin: U of Texas P, 1995). (4 EBL)

Franco, Jean.  Plotting women : gender and representation in Mexico (New York: Columbia UP, 1989). (1 BL; 3 EBL)

Meyer, Doris.  Lives on the line : the testimony of contemporary Latin-American authors (Berkeley: U of California P, 1988). (1 BL; 1 EBL)

De Beer, Gabriella.  Contemporary Mexican Women Writers (U of Texas P, 1996). (EBL)

Miller, Beth, ed.  Women in Hispanic literature : icons and fallen idols (Berkeley: U of California P, 1983). (1 BL; 4 EBL)

Fishburn, Evelyn, ed.  Short fiction by Spanish-American women (Manchester: Manchester UP, 1998). (1 BL; 1 EBL)

Finnegan, Nuala.  Monstrous projections of femininity in the fiction of Mexican writer Rosario Castellanos (Edwin Mellen Press, 2000). (1 BL)

Castillo, Debra.  Talking back : toward a Latin American feminist literary criticism (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1992). (1 BL; 2 EBL)

 --- ‘Rosario Castellanos: ‘Ashes without a Face’’, in De/colonizing the subject : the politics of gender in women's autobiography ed. by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1992), pp. 242-69. (1 BL: Gen Lit F-1 SMI)

Alarcón, Norma.  Ninfomanía : el discurso feminista en la obra poética de Rosario Castellanos (Madrid: Pliegos, 1992). (1 BL; 1 EBL)

Ventura Sandóval, Juan.  Ficción y realidad : las mujeres en la narrativa de Rosario Castellanos (Tlaxcala: Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala, 1987). (1 BL)

Prieto, René.  Body of writing : figuring desire in Spanish American literature (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2000), chapter 5. (1 BL; 1 EBL) Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Grant, Catherine Ann. ‘ Authorship and authority in the novels of Rosario Castellanos ’, unpublished PhD thesis, U of Leeds, 1991. (In store – request online)

 --- ‘Women or Words? : The Indigenous Nodriza in the Work of Rosario Castellanos’, in Women writers in twentieth-century Spain and Spanish America (Lewiston, NY: Mellen 1993), ed. by Catherine Davies and Montserrat Ordóñez, pp. 85-100. (1 BL; 1 EBL: Sp K – 0.3 DAV)

Cypess, Sandra Messinger. ‘Balún Canán: A Model Demonstration of Discourse as Power’, Revista de estudios hispánicos , 19:3 (1985), 1-15. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Rodríguez Peralta, Phyllis. ‘Images of Women in Castellanos’s Prose’, Latin American literary review. , 11 (1977), 68-80. (HDC: Article R0004)

Crumley de Pérez, Laura Lee. ‘Balún Canán y la construcción narrativa de una cosmovisión indígena’, Revista iberoamericana , 50:127 (1984), 491-503. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Frischmann, Donald H. ‘El sistema patriarcal y las relaciones heterosexuales en Balún Canán de Rosario Castellanos’, Revista iberoamericana , 51:132-33 (1985), 665-78. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Furnival, Chloë. ‘Confronting Myths of Oppression: The Short Stories of Rosario Castellanos’, in Knives and angels : women writers in Latin America , ed. by Susan Bassnett (London: Zed Books, 1990). (1 BL; 2 EBL: Sp P – 0.3 BAS)

Ahern, Maureen & Mary Searle Vásquez.  Homenaje a Rosario Castellanos (Valencia: Albatros, 1980).

Valdes, María Elena de. ‘The Discourse of the Other: Testimonio and Fiction of the Maya’, Bulletin of Hispanic studies. , 73:1 (1996), 79-90. (See tutor)

Lienhard, Martin. ‘La legitimación indígena en dos novelas centroamericanas’, Cuadernos hispanoamericanos. , 414 (1984), 110-20. (See tutor)

Background Material on Mexican History

Bethell, Leslie, ed.  Mexico since independence (Cambridge: CUP, 1992). (4 EBL)

Keen, Benjamin.  A History of Latin America (Boston: Houghton Miffline, 1996), chapter 12. (3 EBL) Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Knight, Alan.  The Mexican Revolution , 2 vols (Cambridge: CUP, 1986). (2 EBL)

Meyer, Michael.  The Course of Mexican History (Oxford: OUP, 1995). (1 BL; 2 EBL)

Anon.  Chilam Balam de Chumayel , ed. by Miguel Rivera (Madrid: Historia 16, 1986). (1 BL)

Anon.  Popol vuh , ed. by Carmelo Sáenz de Santa María (Madrid: Historia 16, 1989). (1 BL)

Major works by Castellanos

Trayectoria del polvo  (1948) - poetry - Available online:

Apuntes para una declaracion de fe  (1948) - poetry

De la vigilia estéril.  (1950) - poetry

Balún Canán  (The Nine Guardians) (1957)- novel

Al pie de la letra : poemas (1959) - poetry

Ciudad Real (1960) - short stories

Lívida luz : poemas. (1960) - poetry

Oficio de tinieblas . (1962) - novel

Los convidados de agosto  (1964) - short stories

Materia memorable. (1969) - poetry and essays

Album de familia  (1971) - short stories

This list was last updated on 21/09/2016