Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays On The Poetry Of Martín Espada by Edward J. CarvalhoAcknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays On The Poetry Of Martín Espada by Edward J. Carvalho

Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays On The Poetry Of Martín Espada

EditorEdward J. CarvalhoContribution byNatasha Azank, Andy Croft

Paperback | April 15, 2016

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Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martín Espada stands as the first-ever collection of essays on poet and activist Martín Espada. It is also, to date, the only published book-length, single-author study of Espada currently in existence. Relying on innovative, highly original contributions from thirteen Espada scholars, its principal aim is to argue for a long overdue critical awareness of and cultural appreciation for Espada and his body of writing. Acknowledged Legislator accomplishes this task in three fundamental ways: by providing readers with background information on the poet's life and work; offering an examination into the subject matter and dominant themes that are frequently contained in his writing; and finally, by advocating, in a variety of ways, for why we should be reading, discussing, and teaching the Espada canon. Divided into four distinct sections that modulate through several theoretical frames-from Espada's attention to resistance poetics and concerns for historical memory to his oppositional critique of neoliberalism and support for a class consciousness grounded in labor rights-Acknowledged Legislator offers a cohesive, forward-thinking interpretive statement of the poet's vision and proposes a critical (re)assessment for how we read Espada, now and in the future.
Edward J. Carvalho is associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences at DeVry University (Philadelphia Metro).
Title:Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays On The Poetry Of Martín EspadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 8.86 × 6.04 × 1.03 inPublished:April 15, 2016Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPreface IntroductionKey to Espada Title AbbreviationsI. "My Name Is Espada": Author ProfileMartín Espada (1957- )César A. SalgadoII. "[T]o give history a human face": Historical Memory and Political ResistanceThe Republic of Memory: Martín Espada's Local/Global Poetics of DissentMaritza StanchichMartín Espada: Resistance-Postmodern PoetPauline UchmanowiczUndoing Macho: Martín Espada's Poetry against Domestic Violence Oscar SarmientoMuse on First: Baseball in the Poetry of Martín EspadaEric B. Salo (with Edward J. Carvalho)A Poetry like Ammunition: Martín Espada's Poetics of Resistance and SubversionNatasha AzankIII. Compañero: Labor Advocacy, Economic Concerns, and Class Consciousness"Heart of Hunger": Martín Espada and the Poetry of LiberationCamilo Pérez-Bustillo"[T]he black braid of names": A Hemispheric Mapping of Martín Espada's Lyric MonumentsMichael DowdyFrom the Inner-City to the Cotton Fields: Living and Working Conditions in Martín Espada's PoetryJeremy LarochelleIV. "The poets must speak": Postscripts and EpilogueLa tumba de Buenaventura Roig: Selected Poems/Poemas selectos Book ReviewThe Poet Is a Historian, the Poem Is a Record: Interview with Martín EspadaCarmen Dolores HernándezA Visit to the Bakery: The Martín Espada Papers at Amherst CollegePeter NelsonThe Great Bell in Martín Espada's ChestAndy CroftBibliographyContributors

Editorial Reviews

This is an impressive collection of critical essays on Martín Espada, meticulously edited by Edward J. Carvalho. Acknowledged Legislator fills a gap in the critical literature, providing substantial and authoritative scholarship on an important contemporary poet. In doing so, it offers enlivening arguments on issues of aesthetics, ethics, culture, and on competing claims for contemporary poetry.