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Reader Response: Pat Mora and James Welch Reader Response: Keith Gilyard and Mourning Dove Inquiry: Rudolfo Anaya and James Baldwin Inquiry: Tomás Rivera and Esmeralda Santiago Cultural Studies: Ishmael Reed and Graciela Limón Cultural Studies: N. Scott Momaday and Russell Leong Critical Pedagogy: Octavia E. Butler and Abiodun Oyewole Critical Pedagogy: Abiodun Oyewole and Lawson Fusao Inada
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Authors and Literary Works

 Tomás Rivera: Works by the Author
 Tomás Rivera: Works about the Author

 Esmeralda Santiago: Works by the Author
 Esmeralda Santiago: Works about the Author


Tomás Rivera

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Works by the Author

Rivera, Tomás. Always and Other Poems. Sisterdale, TX: Sisterdale Press, 1973.
Rivera's passionate belief in the strength of community is evident in this taut collection of poetry, which is rooted in his own life story.

----. The Harvest: A Collection of Short Fiction. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1989.
In a lyrical, folktale-inspired style, this volume of short stories tells of everyday episodes in the lives of rural people.

----. Tomás Rivera: The Complete Works, edited by Julián Olivares. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1992.
This volume contains the sum total of Rivera's works, in English as well as in Spanish, including many pieces that were never published during his lifetime.

----. ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him). Houston: Arte Público Press, 1987. English translation by Evangelina Vigil-Piñón.

Film and Video:

…and the earth did not swallow him. American Playhouse, 1994.
This is an adaptation of the Tómas Rivera novel ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (…And the Earth Did Not Devour Him)

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Works about the Author

Abbot, James. "...y no se lo tragó la tierra: With Tomás Rivera in Spain and Personal Memories." Revista Chicano-Riqueña, 13:3-4 (1985): 26-29.
This article offers a consideration of the biographical factors in Rivera's writing.

Calderón, Héctor. "The Novel and the Community of Readers: Rereading Tomás Rivera's ...y no se lo tragó la tierra." In Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology, edited by Héctor Calderón and José David Saldívar: 97-113. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1991.
This article presents a reader-response approach to Rivera's work.

Grajeda, Ralph F. "Tomás Rivera's Appropriation of the Chicano Past." In Modern Chicano Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Joseph Sommers and Tomás Ybarra Frausto: 74-85. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1979.
This article offers a historical approach to Rivera's work.

Hinojosa-Smith, Rolando. "Tomás Rivera: Remembrances of an Educator and Poet." Revista Chicano-Riqueña, 13:3-4 (1985): 19-23.
Hinojosa-Smith gives a biographical appreciation of Rivera.

----, Gary D. Keller and Vernon E. Lattin (eds). Tomás Rivera, 1935-1984: The Man & His Work. Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Review Press, 1988.
This collection of essays focuses on Rivera's work and influence.

Olivares, Julián. "The Search for Being, Identity and Form in the Work of Tomás Rivera." Revista Chicano-Riqueña, 13:3-4 (1985): 66-80.
Olivares considers some of Rivera's major themes.

---- (ed). International Studies in Honor of Tomás Rivera. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1985.
This collection of essays was inspired by the work of Rivera.

Sommers, Joseph. "Interpreting Tomás Rivera." In Modern Chicano Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Joseph Sommers and Tomás Ybarra- Frausto: 94-107. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1979.
This article offers an introduction to the major themes of Rivera's work.

Testa, Daniel P. "Narrative Technique and Human Experience in Tomás Rivera." In Modern Chicano Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Joseph Sommers and Tomás Ybarra Frausto: 86-93. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1979.
This article offers a structural approach to Rivera's work.

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Esmeralda Santiago

Works by the Author
Works about the Author

Works by the Author

Santiago, Esmeralda. Almost A Woman. New York: Vintage, 1999.
Living in a New York City tenement with seven younger siblings, her grandmother, and her powerful mother, "Negi," as Santiago's family calls her, dreams of having her own life. Balancing the demands of being an American teenager with the strictures of being a good Puerto Rican daughter, Santiago evokes a teenagehood that is at once deeply personal and universal.

----. América's Dream. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.
Similar thematically to When I Was Puerto Rican, this novel tells the tale of a young girl, América Gonzales, who attempts to come to terms with her Puerto Rican past while living with a wealthy family in Westchester County, New York. América's Dream explores the complexities of Puerto Rican womanhood and examines how cultural expectations are played out in both love and family relationships.

----. When I Was Puerto Rican. New York: Vintage, 1994.

---- and Joie Davidow (eds). Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories. New York: Knopf, 1998.
Latino writers recollect their Christmas experiences.

---- and Joie Davidow (eds). Las Mamis: Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers. New York: Knopf, 2000.
This collection of essays by Latin American writers focuses on the details of motherhood and family life.

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Works about the Author

Aguinaco, Carmen. "Creative Tension: How Latina Writers Sense Two Worlds." U.S. Catholic (1999): 34-35.
A critical discussion of Santiago's place among other Latina writers.

Hernandez, Carmen. "Interviews with Writers." Puerto Rican Voices in English. (1997): 157-169.
An interview with Santiago.

Martinez, Elizabeth Coonrod. "Maid in the USA." Women's Review of Books, 14 (1996): 22.
This article reviews América's Dream.

Puleo, Gus. "Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States." Hispanic Review, 67 (1999): 407-411.
This article focuses on the dual identity of diasporic writers.

Szadziuk, Maria. "Culture As Transition: Becoming a Woman in Bi-Ethnic Space." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 32 (1999): 109-129.
This article reviews América's Dream.

Esmeralda Santiago Homepage
http://www.esmeraldasantiago.com/
This site has information about Santiago's work and upcoming appearances.

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