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date: 01 October 2020

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This chapter focuses on selected works of four contemporary Latina/o fiction writers and/or poets who write in and in response to the U.S. South: the Puerto Rican Georgia-based Judith Ortiz Cofer; Ache Obejas, a Cuban American Chicago-based writer; the Tennessee-based New Mexican Hispana/Chicana writer Lorraine Lopez; and Blas Falconer, a Puerto Rican poet who has lived in in various parts of the South. These Latina/o writers’ fiction and poetry ghosts—that is, leaves traces of—the existence of Latina/os in the South. The works examined here refract the various degrees of invisibility, lack of recognition, and dislocation which Latina/os have experienced in the United States but especially in the South, where the black/white binary of race relations has reigned supreme and where the disconnection between past and contemporary Hispanic presence has ghosted living immigrants into less than full-bodied persons of the body politic.

Keywords: Latina/o, Hispanic, ghost, black/white binary, civil rights, chamaco

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