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The Routledge Concise History of Latino/aLiteraturepresents the first comprehensive overview of the development of Latino/a writing and its influence. The book displays how Latino/a authors use particular devices (narrative, poetic, dramatic) to give particular and unique expression to themes, events, characterization (the narrow focus), as well as how such works exist within historical, social, political, and cultural forms (the wide-angle focus). Tracing a historical path through Latino/a literatures, this enlightening analysis also focuses on: recent themes such as gender and sexuality, feminist and queer voices, migration and border control different literary trends such as the postmodern, avant-garde, noir, and chica-lit language, code-switching and identity within the literature. With student-friendly features such as a glossary, guide to further reading, explanatory text boxes and chapter summaries, this is the ideal book for anyone approaching this broad and complex subject for the first time.