Reading Junot Diaz (Latinx and Latin American Profiles) (Paperback)

By Christopher Gonzalez

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822963950, 152pp.

Publication Date: December 16, 2015

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Dominican American author and Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz has gained international fame for his blended, cross-cultural fiction. Reading Junot Díaz is the first study to focus on his complete body of published works. It explores the totality of his work and provides a concise view of the interconnected and multilayered narrative that weaves throughout Díaz’s writings. Christopher González analyzes both the formal and thematic features and discusses the work in the context of speculative and global fiction as well as Caribbean and Latino/a culture and language. Topics such as race, masculinity, migration, and Afro-Latinidad are examined in depth. González provides a synthesis of the prevailing critical studies of Díaz and offers many new insights into his work.

About the Author

Christopher González is assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Praise For Reading Junot Diaz (Latinx and Latin American Profiles)

“A riveting book-length introduction to Junot Díaz, who is arguably the most famous living Latino writer. The focus on narrative strategies is both strong and engaging. It affirms Díaz’s place, analyzing him in the context of contemporary fiction practices, and it delves into all major topics that Díaz explores.”
—María Acosta Cruz, Clark University, author of Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture and the Fictions of Independence.

“An urgently needed book brimming with intellectual insight and critical sophistication. The project’s breathtaking range, focusing on Díaz’s literary corpus, is spectacular, and the cogent fashion in which it engages with the salient themes in Díaz’s novel, short story collections, and essays make it an essential book for teachers, students, scholars, and even a general audience interested in his work.”
—Richard T. Rodríguez, University of Illinois