Latino Literature is the most
comprehensive collection yet created for students and
scholars working in this field. We have now completed
part of the project with 105,598 pages of fiction and
poetry representing Chicano culture and the various
ethnicities of Latin American writers working in the
United States. Currently comprising 380 plays, the drama
section will be complete by the end of 2007 with over
Although the collection includes materials from the
19th century, the vast majority of works are from the
period spanning the Chicano Renaissance to the present
day. They have been painstakingly licensed from estates,
authors, and archives. We present them in their original
language, English or Spanish. In cases where authors
produced a version of a text in each language, both
versions are included. Roughly 30% of the database is
made up of previously unpublished or rare materials from
various sources, including institutions like the Centro
de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, scholars'
personal archives, and the authors themselves.
The three major groups are represented-Chicanos,
Puerto Ricans, and Cubans-as well as Argentineans,
Dominicans, and other Central and South Americans.
Through their writings the authors included in the
collection represent different immigration experiences,
their efforts to adapt to a new culture and language
without losing their own, and the struggle to pursue
social, political, and economic advancement.
To illustrate and give additional information about
the works, we have gathered supplementary resources,
such as playbills and performance material, poetry
readings, book presentation flyers, book covers, and
photographs. All this material is indexed and linked to
the texts. Among other precious material we have four
recordings of theatrical performances from the early
1980s, over 500 photographs documenting Hispanic Theater
activities from its beginning to the present, and
hundreds of pages of Chicano folklore
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