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Acknowledged Legislator

Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martín Espada
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ISBN-13:
9781611476422
Seiten:
354
Autor:
Edward J. Carvalho
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martín Espada is the first-ever edited collection on poet and activist Martín Espada. With the aid of contributions by established scholars who have a specialized interest in the poet’s life and work, its principal aim is to argue for a long overdue critical awareness of and cultural appreciation for Espada and his body of writing.

Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martín Espada stands as the first-ever collection of essays on poet and activist Martín Espada. It is also, to date, the only published book-length, single-author study of Espada currently in existence. Relying on innovative, highly original contributions from thirteen Espada scholars, its principal aim is to argue for a long overdue critical awareness of and cultural appreciation for Espada and his body of writing. Acknowledged Legislator accomplishes this task in three fundamental ways: by providing readers with background information on the poet’s life and work; offering an examination into the subject matter and dominant themes that are frequently contained in his writing; and finally, by advocating, in a variety of ways, for why we should be reading, discussing, and teaching the Espada canon. Divided into four distinct sections that modulate through several theoretical frames—from Espada’s attention to resistance poetics and concerns for historical memory to his oppositional critique of neoliberalism and support for a class consciousness grounded in labor rights—Acknowledged Legislator offers a cohesive, forward-thinking interpretive statement of the poet’s vision and proposes a critical (re)assessment for how we read Espada, now and in the future.
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Key to Espada Title Abbreviations
I. “My Name Is Espada”: Author Profile
Martín Espada (1957– )
César A. Salgado
II. “[T]o give history a human face”: Historical Memory and Political Resistance
The Republic of Memory: Martín Espada’s Local/Global Poetics of Dissent
Maritza Stanchich
Martín Espada: Resistance-Postmodern Poet
Pauline Uchmanowicz
Undoing
Macho: Martín Espada’s Poetry against Domestic Violence
Oscar Sarmiento
Muse on First: Baseball in the Poetry of Martín Espada
Eric B. Salo (with Edward J. Carvalho)
A Poetry like Ammunition: Martín Espada’s Poetics of Resistance and Subversion
Natasha Azank
III.
Compañero: Labor Advocacy, Economic Concerns, and Class Consciousness
“Heart of Hunger”: Martín Espada and the Poetry of Liberation
Camilo Pérez-Bustillo
“[T]he black braid of names”: A Hemispheric Mapping of Martín Espada’s Lyric Monuments
Michael Dowdy
From the Inner-City to the Cotton Fields: Living and Working Conditions in Martín Espada’s Poetry
Jeremy Larochelle
IV. “The poets must speak”: Postscripts and Epilogue
La tumba de Buenaventura Roig: Selected Poems/Poemas selectos Book Review
The Poet Is a Historian, the Poem Is a Record: Interview with Martín Espada
Carmen Dolores Hernández
A Visit to the Bakery: The Martín Espada Papers at Amherst College
Peter Nelson
The Great Bell in Martín Espada’s Chest
Andy Croft
Bibliography
Contributors