Literatures of the Americas

Paratexts and Performance in the Novels of Junot Díaz and Sandra Cisneros

Authors: McCracken, Ellen

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Part of a new phase of post-1960s U.S. Latino literature, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz and Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros both engage in unique networks of paratexts that center on the performance of latinidad. Here, Ellen McCracken re-envisions Gérard Genette's paratexts for the present day, arguing that the Internet increases the range, authorship, and reach of the paratextual portals and that they constitute a key element of the creative process of Latino literary production in 21st century America. This smart and useful book examines how both novelists interact with the interplay of populist and hegemonic multiculturalism and allows new points of entry into these novels.

About the authors

Ellen McCracken is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, specializing in U.S. Latino and Latin American literature. Her books include: Decoding Women's Magazines, New Latina Narrative, and The Life and Writing of Fray Angélico Chávez, winner of a Southwest Book Award.

Reviews

"Paratexts and Performance in the Novels of Junot Díaz and Sandra Cisneros is a timely and welcome addition to both Latina/o and Chicana/o studies and the study of paratextual analysis of literature." - Niamh Thornton, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, UK
"Paratexts and Performance in the Novels of Junot Díaz and Sandra Cisneros is a timely and welcome addition to both Latina/o and Chicana/o studies and the study of paratextual analysis of literature." - Niamh Thornton, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, UK

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McCracken, Ellen

    Pages 1-11

  • Epitextual and Peritextual Portals to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    McCracken, Ellen

    Pages 12-44

  • Autographic Peritexts and Expanding Footnotes in Díaz’s Novel

    McCracken, Ellen

    Pages 45-71

  • Navigating Exterior Networks to Caramelo

    McCracken, Ellen

    Pages 72-100

  • Peritextual Thresholds of the Material Print Artifact

    McCracken, Ellen

    Pages 101-126

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Paratexts and Performance in the Novels of Junot Díaz and Sandra Cisneros
Authors
Series Title
Literatures of the Americas
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60360-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137603609
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60261-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 138
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