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Afro-Latino Literature

This is a list of Afro-Latino Literature from the Caribbean and Latin America originally written in Spanish or Portuguese that I have in my possession. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all Afro-Latino Writers. Countries represented in my collection: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

Nelson Estupiñán Bass (Ecuador)

Pastrana’s Last River (Novel translated from Spanish by I.D. Smart)

Adalberto Ortiz y Nelson Estupiñán Bass: Hacia una narrativa afroecuatoriana by F. M. Robles (thesis in Spanish available online)

Teresa Cardenas (Cuba)

Letters to My Mother (Novel translated from Spanish) Excerpt available online

Lucia Charun-Illescas (Peru)

Malambo (Novel translated from Spanish by E. Harris)

The Quinto Suyo: New African Diaspora History from Peru by L. Garofalo (review essay available online)

Luz Argentina Chiriboga (Ecuador)

On Friday Night (Novel translated from Spanish by Paulette Ramsay and Anne-Maria Bankay)

“The Erotic as Power”: Sexual Agency and the Erotic in the Work of Luz Argentina Chiriboga and Mayra Santos Febres by Dorothy E. Mosby (essay available online)

Quince Duncan (Costa Rica)

The Best Short Stories of Quince Duncan (translated and edited by Dellita Martin-Ogunsola)

Interview in French available online

Profile available online

Profile by St. Olaf’s College available online

Profile by Bates College available online

Profile in Spanish available online

The Afro-Costa Rican’s Concept of Nationality as Reflected in Selected Works of Quince Duncan by Charles Kargleder (essay available online)

About Blacks in Costa Rica (article by EveryCulture available online) 

Benedita da Silva (Brazil)

Benedita da Silva: An Afro-Brazilian Woman’s Story of Politics and Love (Memoir, as told to Medea Benjamin and Maisa Mendonça)

Website for the documentary “I Was Born a Black Woman” about da Silva’s life

Blas Jiménez (Dominican Republic)

Caribbean African Upon Awakening (Poetry translated from Spanish by Antonio Tillis)

Interview (2007) in English available online

Video Documentary in Spanish available online

Paolo Lins (Brazil)

City of God (Novel translated from the Portuguese)

Interview (2003) available online

Video Interview in Portuguese with German Subtitles available online

Profile by the New York Times available online

Profile available online

Nancy Morejón (Cuba)

The Drum (Poem translated from Spanish available online)

I Love My Master (Poem translated from Spanish available online)

Impressions (Poem translated from Spanish available online)

Tobacco Worker (Poem translated from Spanish available online)

Love, Attributed City (Poem translated from Spanish available online)

Poems in English and Spanish available online

Video Reading available online

Video Profile available online

Profile available online

Profile on Culturebase available online

Website dedicated to Nancy Morejón in Spanish

Marie Elena Moyano (Peru)

The Autobiography of María Elena Moyano: The Life and Death of a Peruvian Activist (Autobiography, edited and compiled by Diana Miloslavich Tupac, translated from Spanish, available online)

Profile by Amnesty International available online

Manuel Zapata Olivella (Colombia)

Chambacu: Black Slum (Novel translated into English)

Interview (1993) available online

Interview in French available online

Profile available online

Documentary about Olivella available online

Rewriting the Other: Manuel Zapata Olivella’s ¡Levántate mulato! by Khamla Dhouti Martínez (essay available online)

A Framework for Resistance: Violence, Hope, and Rebellion in the Novels of Manuel Zapata Olivella by Steven C. Clark (essay available online)

Haiti and Post-Colonial Allegory in Manuel Zapata Olivella’s Changó, el gran putas by Antonio Tillis (essay available online)

Enrique Dussel and Manuel Zapata Olivella: An Exploration of De-colonial, Diasporic, and Trans-modern Selves and the Politics of Recognition by G. J. Gonzales de Allen (essay available online)

La evolución literaria de Manuel Zapata Olivella: testimonio, autobiografía y novela by S. Alzate (thesis in Spanish available online)

African presence in Colombia by Denise Mendez (article available online)

Website dedicated to the life and work of Olivella

Adalberto Ortiz (Ecuador)

Juyungo (Novel translated from Spanish by J. Tittler)

La Tunda para la Negrito (Poem in Spanish available online)

Profile in Spanish available online

Wikipedia Page in Spanish

La representación temática de la lucha social y el racismo ecuatoriano en las novelas by M. Carrera (thesis in Spanish available online)

« Juyungo », de Adalberto Ortiz, ou : de la haine raciale à la lutte contre l’injustice by R. Richard (article in French available online)

Adalberto Ortiz y Nelson Estupiñán Bass: Hacia una narrativa afroecuatoriana by F. M. Robles (thesis in Spanish available online)

Mayra Santos-Febres (Puerto Rico)

Sirena Selena (Novel translated from Spanish)

Nuestra Senora de la Noche (Novel translated from Spanish)

Guggenheim Fellowship Profile available online

“The Erotic as Power”: Sexual Agency and the Erotic in the Work of Luz Argentina Chiriboga and Mayra Santos Febres by Dorothy E. Mosby (essay available online)

Mayra Santos-Febres’ Website

Carlos Guillermo Wilson (Panama)

Short Stories by Cubena (Short Stories translated from Spanish by I. D. Smart)

Los Nietos de Felicidad Dolores (Novel in Spanish)

Profile in Spanish available online

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  3. Writin2insanity (@writin2insanity) said, on April 30, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Fantastic list! Bookmarking it for future reference!

  4. Vance Martin said, on February 18, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Didn’t know you existed. The Christopher Dormer brouhaha her in LA (not to excuse the heinous murders, but to insist upon the reality of socio-historical context to all such phenomena) has sent me centripetally back to reading chronicles of North American colony and Latino American/Caribbean slave results, as well as restrictive colonial legal statutes and codes. Trying to find an English translation of Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran’s scholarly work on blacks in Mexico. Can you point me in the right direction?

  5. […] Woyingi’s African Diaspora Links Blog with a good list of Afro-Hispanic writers: https://woyingi.wordpress.com/african-diaspora-links/literature-from-the-black-african-diaspora/afro-… […]


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