Bibliographies and Online Sources

There are a number of helpful bibliographies available on Latino/a literatures, cultures, and histories:

  • U.S. Latino Literature: An Essay and Annotated Bibliography by Marc Zimmerman (1990)
  • Latinos in English, edited by Harold Augenbraum (1992)
  • The Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Literature and Art, a collection of essays edited by Nicolás Kanellos, Francisco  A. Lomelí, and Claudio Esteva Fabregat (1993)
  • Latino and Latina Critical Theory: An Annotated Bibliography by Jean Stefancic (1997)
  • The Oxford Bibliography of Latino Studies, edited by Ilan Stavans, (2005)
  • Bibliographic Essay on U.S. Latino/a History by José M. Alamillo (2008)

Librarians involved in acquisitions and instructors developing a new course or rethinking a well-established one would find all of these sources helpful. However, the Oxford Bibliography of Latino Studies is the most comprehensive and expertly curated.

Similarly, there is a wealth of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and guides to Latino/a cultures, histories, and literature in the US. The best and most complete listing of these sources is available at ALZAR: Academic Latina/o Zone of Activism & Research, the newest group within the SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials). According to the website, ALZAR was developed by SALALM librarians and academics interested in the intersection of two disciplines: Latina/o and Latin American Studies. Its stated goal is “to provide a link (virtual and real) to resources addressing Latina/o issues in the academic setting.” The focus of ALZAR is interdisciplinary academic research. The range of sources offered on its website is impressive and includes major databases, archival collections, Library of Congress sources, oral histories, advocacy groups, research centers, and writers’ websites.

The Poetry Foundation and the Poetry Society of America have two of the very best websites in terms of teaching resources and general knowledge. The editors at the Poetry Foundation have developed a number of interesting links on Latino poetry, including interviews
with and readings by poets. Audio and video resources on the Poetry Foundation site include, for example, Nancy Mercado reflecting on 9/11; Richard Blanco reading at the Presidential Inauguration; Ben Saenz discussing Mexico’s Border Violence; and Ricardo Pau Llosa exploring Latin American art and poetry. Similarly, the Poetry Society of America has poems, interviews, and biographical information about Latino/a poets, as well as a  Latino/a Roundtable of contemporary poets introduced by Francisco Aragón, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame.