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date: 25 January 2021

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At a time when the relevance of literature appears to be on the wane, it is important to reflect on the role words, and the narratives they are woven into, still play in the shaping in a multiethnic society. In the following conversation, conducted in July 2018, Ilan Stavans and Charles Hatfield discuss The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, and its influence on future readers. What are the purposes of an anthology today? What curatorial role is expected from the editor? Do anthologies “control” the way texts are read? How to anthologies reinterpret tradition? What is their connection to memory? And can anthologies “save” literature?

Keywords: Latino literature, anthologies, influence, politics, multiculturalism

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