Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas
Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas is the major U.S. forum for contemporary Latin American and Caribbean writing in English and English translation; it also covers Canadian writing and visual and performing arts in the Americas. Founded in 1968 by the Center for Inter-American Relations (later known as the Americas Society), Review is now published by Routledge in association with The City College of New York, CUNY, through its Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. Daniel Shapiro serves as the journal's Editor.
Review regularly features critical articles, fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews, and arts profiles. It has showcased work by/about Isabel Allende, Jorge Amado, Jorge Luis Borges, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Clarice Lispector, Elena Poniatowska, Manuel Puig, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Derek Walcott, and many other writers as well as critics, translators, and visual and performing artists. Translators who have published their work in Review include the late Gregory Rabassa, Edith Grossman, Suzanne Jill Levine, Alfred Mac Adam, and Margaret Sayers Peden, in addition to numerous younger practitioners. Through the years, issues have focused on the above and other iconic authors and on foundational works of literature such as García Márquez’s ne Hundred Years of Solitude, Pablo Neruda’s Residence on Earth, and Vargas Llosa’s Conversation in the Cathedral, as well as on diverse and timely themes, including, most recently, Cuba Inside and Out, Eco-Literature in Latin America, 21st Century Mexican Writing and Arts, Latin American Cyber-culture, and The Americas in New York.
Review 99, guest-edited by Waïl Hassan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), explores “Arab Latin America.” The issue compiles a breadth of texts and other materials, beginning with Hassan’s cogent introduction, followed by critical essays by leading scholars on emblematic topics—Arab themes in José Martí’s Oriente; Juan José Saer as an Arab Argentine writer; human-animal entanglements in Marcelo Maluf’s fiction; and Palestinian Chilean cinema—as well as fiction, poetry, creative essays, crônicas, and interviews featuring writers/artists of Arab background hailing from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru—descendants of immigrants from Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. The roster of authors includes Esther Andradi, Jeannette Clariond, Luis Fayad, Milton Hatoum, Mamede Mustafa Jarouche, Maluf, Mahfud Massis, Eduardo Mitre, Alberto Mussa, Alonso Rabí-do-Carmo, and Waly Salomão. Together, their contributions address themes not only particular to Arab Latin America but to universal culture—those relating to identity, language, community, and exile. The issue also includes features—an interview with author Carmen Boullosa, the 2018 Cátedra Vargas Llosa fellow at CCNY; and poetry by Freddy Yezzed—reviews of the films Christian Palestine in Chile, directed by Heba El Attar, and of the animated film, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, produced by Salma Hayek; and book reviews of Christina Civantos’s The Afterlife of al-Andalus, as well as of new titles in translation.
Review 98, guest-edited by award-winning novelist Carlos Franz, a fellow of CCNY’s Cátedra Vargas Llosa, focuses on contemporary Chilean writing. Franz’s opening essay, “Imaginary Territories,” introduces and contextualizes the selections compiled in the issue—fiction and poetry by authors including Jorge Edwards, Diamela Eltit, Arturo Fontaine, Rafael Gumucio, Óscar Hahn, Leonel Lienlaf, Sergio Missana, María José Navia, Marcelo Rioseco, Manuel Silva Acevedo, and Ursula Starke; and essays by scholars Will Corral, Felipe Cussen, and Alfonso de Toro on specific works and current trends in Chilean literature and culture. Among the issue’s features are an excerpt from Joanne Pottlitzer’s “Symbols of Resistance,” a memorial piece on Cuban poet Carilda Oliver Labra, and poetry by Homero Aridjis; reviews cover new titles in translation by Chilean authors Marjorie Agosín, Pablo de Rokha, Ariel Dorfman, Rodrigo Lira, and Cecilia Vicuña, among others representing Latin American and Caribbean writing and arts.
Review 97, guest-edited by scholar Andrew Reynolds (West Texas A & M University), focuses on Rubén Darío and Modernismo Today. Reynolds’s introduction, “The Enduring Scholarly and Creative Legacies of Rubén Darío and Modernismo,” is followed by critical essays about Darío’s life and work by scholars Gwen Kirkpatrick, Adela Pineda Franco, José González, and Julia Medina. The issue showcases newly translated poems and essays by Darío himself and other Modernista writers such as Delmira Agustini and Alfonsina Storni; appraisals of Darío by other masters (Borges, García Lorca, and Neruda); and contemporary texts, by fellow Nicaraguan author Sergio Ramírez, and by scholars Günther Schmigalle and Erick Blandón, as well as original poetry by poets from the region. A special section on Darío and the U.S. includes an essay by Jorge Eduardo Arellano, and a portfolio of images of Darío reveals him in various roles and guises. Features include a memorial piece by Sergio Ramírez on Nicaraguan poet Claribel Alegría, an interview with and fiction by Mónica Lavín, 2017 fellow of CCNY’s Cátedra Mario Vargas Llosa; a reflection by Alberto García Ferrer on Gabriel García Márquez, and an overview of Venezuelan literature, by Lyda Aponte de Zacklin, paired with a story by Humberto Mata, Review 97 concludes with reviews of newly published titles in English and English translation.
Review 96, guest-edited by scholar/author Aníbal González (Yale University), focuses on Nuevísimo writing from throughout Spanish America, characterized by a breadth of aesthetic approaches and employment of elements including self-fictionalization, critique of nationalism, and interest in other disciplines and genres such as crime and science fiction. The contents showcase essays by scholars Eduardo Becerra, Gustavo Guerrero, Héctor Hoyos, and Catalina Quesada; and fiction and poetry by writers including Frank Báez, León Félix Batista, Luis Hernán Castañeda, Luis Felipe Fabre, Francisco Font-Acevedo, Lina Meruane, María Miranda, Mayra Santos-Febres, Andrés Felipe Solano, Anna Lidia Vega Serova, and Carlos Yushimito. It also includes features by Luisa Valenzuela and others; and reviews of new titles in translation.
The Launch of Review 95: April 16th, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Faculty Dining Room, NAC 3rd Floor
Review 95 (Fall 2017), guest-edited by scholar and author Deborah Cohn (Indiana University Bloomington), focuses on the reception and legacy of Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece, Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude). The issue includes scholarly and creative essays by friends, colleagues, and younger writers—among them Jaime Abello, Santiago Gamboa, Gerald Martin, Julio Ortega, Pedro Palou, Silvana Paternostro, Elena Poniatowska, María Helena Rueda, Philip Swanson, and Rose Styron—whose lives and work have been touched by García Márquez’s novel, as well as texts addressing other dimensions of the author’s development, including his forays into film and his long career as a journalist. It also includes a conversation with renowned translators Edith Grossman, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Alfred Mac Adam exploring the novel and its landmark English version by the late Gregory Rabassa. Fiction by Boom-era novelist Juan Carlos Onetti, a memorial piece by poet Lorna Goodison on the late Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, and reviews of new Latin American and Caribbean titles round out this exciting issue.
The Launch of Review 94: October 5th, 2017 at 5:30 PM Faculty Dining Room, Nac, 3rd Floor
Review 94 (Fall 2017), guest-edited by author Ernesto Quiñónez, focuses on Latin American and Latino writers affiliated with The City College of New York, CUNY, as alumni and/or faculty. The selection of writers, scholars, and others in the issue includes texts by Ernesto Quiñónez, Guest Editor; and by Oscar Hijuelos; Raquel Chang-Rodríguez; Lyn Di Iorio; Edith Grossman; Jaime Manrique; Luis Rafael Sánchez; and David Unger; as well as a conversation between Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and author Alonso Cueto, as part of the Cátedra Vargas Llosa at CCNY; an interview by Jerry W. Carlson with Cuban author Leonardo Padura; essays and fiction by former CCNY students Victoria Chevalier, Jaime Mundo, Richard Perez, and Abraham Rodriguez; other literary texts; and art by Tanya Torres. This special issue celebrates the rebranding of Review Magazine via Routledge and The City College of New York.
The launch of Review 92/93: April 19th, 2017 at 5:00 PM - Shepard Hall 250
Review 92/93 (June-December 2016), guest-edited by Elizabeth Lowe, focuses on the Brazilian Backlands in Literature and Arts. It includes scholarly articles on literature, film, music, and art of the Brazilian Northeast; fiction by seminal figures such as José de Alencar, Euclides da Cunha, Gracilano Ramos, and Ariano Suassuna, as well as cordel poetry, and work by modern and contemporary authors such as João Cabral de Melo Neto, Rachel de Queiroz, Marcelino Freire, Clarice Lispector, and Nélida Piñon. The issue includes features by a plethora of writers from throughout the region, reviews of major literary festivals and book fairs, and book reviews of new titles in English translation.
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Above: Review 91 (“A Year in Review,” Fall 2015). Cover-image (detail) by Lydia Rubio © 2015.
Top: Review 99. Cover image by Hilal Sami Hilal, Livro Futurista—pregos/cornetas (Futurist Book—nails/horns), 2012. Reproduced courtesy of Galeria Marilia Razuk, São Paulo, Brazil. Cover design: Daimys García.
Second from top: Review 98. Cover image by Samy Benmayor, Paracelso's Ladder, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Design: Daimys García.
Third from top: Review 97. Cover image by Daniel Vázquez Díaz, Rubén Darío vestido de monje [Rubén Darío Dressed as a Monk], 1914. Photo credit: Photographic Archives Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Image reproduction: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Design: Daimys García.
Fourth from top: Review 96. Cover image by Jesús Aguilar, “Vestigio X-V,” 2010-11. From “Nothing Will Be As It Was.” Courtesy of the artist/Sandra Handloser Co. Design: Daimys García.
Fifth from top: Review 95. Cover image: Detail from Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1967). Cover artist: Iris Alba. Courtesy Penguin Random House Argentina. Magazine design: Daimys García.
Sixth from top: Review 94. Cover image by Tanya Torres, Music (detail), 2007. Mosaic. P.S. / M.S. 57, New York City. Courtesy of the artist. Photo © 2016 Elsa Ruiz. Design: Daimys García.
Below: Review 92/93. Cover image by Manoel Eud ócio, Retirantes, 1995. © Museum of International Folk Art, photo by E. Luthi. Design: Daimys García.