Invisibility and Influence: A Literary History of AfroLatinidades (Latinx: The Future Is Now) (Paperback)

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Invisibility and Influence: A Literary History of AfroLatinidades (Latinx: The Future Is Now) (Paperback)

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A rich literary study of AfroLatinx life writing, this book traces how AfroLatinxs have challenged their erasure in the United States and Latin America over the last century.

Invisibility and Influence demonstrates how a century of AfroLatinx writers in the United States shaped life writing, including memoir, collective autobiography, and other formats, through depictions of a wide range of “Afro-Latinidades.” Using a woman-of-color feminist approach, Regina Marie Mills examines the work of writers and creators often excluded from Latinx literary criticism. She explores the tensions writers experienced in being viewed by others as only either Latinx or Black, rather than as part of their own distinctive communities. Beginning with Arturo (Arthur) Schomburg, who contributed to wider conversations about autobiographical technique, Invisibility and Influence examines a breadth of writers, including Jesús Colón; members of the Young Lords; Piri Thomas; Lukumi santera and scholar Marta Moreno Vega; and Black Mexican American poet Ariana Brown. Mills traces how these writers confront the distorted visions of AfroLatinxs in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and how they created and expressed AfroLatinx spirituality, politics, and self-identity, often amidst violence. Mapping how AfroLatinx writers create their own literary history, Mills reveals how AfroLatinx life writing shapes and complicates discourses on race and colorism in the Western Hemisphere.

Regina Marie Mills is an assistant professor of Latinx and multiethnic literature in the department of English at Texas A&M University, and was the guest coeditor of the 2022 special issue "Post-Soul Afro-Latinidades” in The Black Scholar.

Product Details ISBN: 9781477329146
ISBN-10: 1477329145
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Latinx: The Future Is Now