Stavans Co-Authors New Book on Hispanic Identity

Submitted on Wednesday, 10/12/2011, at 2:30 PM

By William Sweet

Ilan Stavans, Amherst’s Lewis-Sebring professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, grew up Jewish in Mexico, but it took moving to New York in the mid-1980s for him to identify as a Mexican and, by extension, a Hispanic. He acknowledges that some people might bristle at the notion of a Yiddish-speaking grandson of Eastern European Jews asserting his hispanidad—his Hispanic identity.

Academic Purgatory

In a journalistic essay that ran in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Review, Professor Ilan Stavans advocates for the passage of the DREAM Act and tries to answer that question.

Wall Street Journal: Talking Basketball, in Spanish, Is Definitely No Slam Dunk

Ilan Stavans, a professor of Latino culture at Amherst College, weighed in on the emergence of the new language “Basketball Spanish” in an article in the Wall Street Journal. “Broadcast Basketball Spanish is yet another variant of Spanglish,” he explained . “Spanglish is a very fluid phenomenon. There’s a lot of improvisation. It’s a kind of jazzy exchange.”

LA Times: Book review: 'The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry'

The venerable West Coast newspaper ran an enthusiastic review of professor Ilan Stavans’ latest undertaking, an anthology of modern Latin American poetry. “Handsomely printed and designed, the collection has been astutely edited by [Stavans], the prolific author and Amherst College professor who has done as much as anyone alive to bridge the hemisphere’s linguistic gaps, and it boasts an all-star lineup of translators,” the article reads.

NPR: What We're Reading

The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry: An Anthology, the latest publication of professor Ilan Stavans, was one of the staff picks for the week of April 19 to 25.

Prof’s Book Makes National Public Radio’s “What We’re Reading” List

 

Ilan StavansNPR spotlighted The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry: An Anthology, the latest publication by Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture.

 

 

Ilan Stavans to Publish FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry

Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, has edited The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry: An Anthology (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). To mark the book’s official publication date of Tuesday, March 29, Stavans will conduct a discussion and poetry reading with poet and University of Massachusetts Professor Martín Espada at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall.

Amherst College to celebrate poet Richard Wilbur’s 90th birthday with readings by students and faculty

February 16, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—In celebration of his 90th birthday, Richard Wilbur, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate who holds the same teaching position at Amherst College that Robert Frost once did, will be honored with a reading of his poems and translations on Wednesday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m., at Converse Hall’s Cole Assembly Room (his actual birthday is on March 1).

Ilan Stavans on the Shortening of the Spanish Alphabet

“It’s kind of a magic realist moment. They decide that 2 of 29 letters will disappear,” Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin American and Latino culture, told the New York Times of the development.

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