“As a historian and educator of college students, my experience teaching on US imperialism is one of disappointment.”
Tag: Latin America
Exponentially more enslaved Africans were forced to the lands that now make up Latin America rather than the United States. Where is their story?
Latin American authors must defer to “Latin America”—as imagined by centers of literary power—to be translated, to sell, to make money.
On both sides of the border, artivistas—art activists—infuse their creative and political work with minority struggle and solidarity.
Introducing a new series to push forward our thinking and action about immigration and borders.
Latin America shows how hard it is for states dependent on oil and gas—that is, practically the whole world—to break with fossil fuel capitalism.
When creating and selling culture, you’re also selling a story about that culture—for good and for ill.
In Latin America, high levels of violence threaten journalists today, and dissent has been effectively marginalized in the past.
COVID-19 is the first truly comprehensive crisis of the Anthropocene era, affecting virtually everyone on the planet.
Today's neoliberalism emerged when US policymakers built New Deal–style projects abroad—for private gain rather than the public good.
John Cage's concerts taught us to hear silence. Can novels do the same?
“I was shocked to learn that Hispanic conservatives celebrate Cortes’s arrival in Mexico.”
Policing the borders of the Spanish language was a tool of religious and racial discrimination. Yet Spanish is not inherently imperial.
Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season makes other authors’ moral delicacy look like condescension.
Departing from a fixed form, some Latin American writers employed the short story as a laboratory of writing.
Paul Theroux’s On the Plain of Snakes is the richest portrayal of contemporary Mexico available to Americans, and an urgent one.
Before our eyes, US Latinx writers are inventing a new form of the novel. The classic bildungsroman, or novel of education and development, typically ...
Fathers dead and fathers dying—as well as adult children struggling to leave their fathers’ shadow—shape two recent novels from Colombia. Though one concerns a ...
When we speak about a future in which all black people in America can be free, it’s hard to picture how, exactly, that freedom might look. Many black communists ...
Since November 2016, I’ve unfriended one family member on Facebook, and have been tempted to unfriend others. I blocked a cousin who lives in Texas and posted about Mexicans taking American jobs. It ...