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Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas

Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures

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 One
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 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.

The Launch of Review 96: October 2nd 2018 at 5:00 PM, Faculty Dining Room, NAC 3rd Floor