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Writing on the Edge: A Borderlands Reader

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Twenty miles wide and two thousand long, the U.S.-Mexico borderland is a country unto itself that has been celebrated in the works of many writers—and not just those who call it home. Here artists as disparate as Carlos Fuentes, Maya Angelou, and Allen Ginsberg have found literary inspiration, presenting the region through varied viewpoints that give border writing its unusual scope and texture.

This wide-ranging anthology—gathering short stories and essays, song lyrics and poems—offers readers a new appreciation of the border and its literature. Residents of the region may be startled to learn how many passers-by have been struck by this unruly slice of North America, while those living in other parts of the country may be surprised to find it more than a dateline for reports of smuggling and illegal immigration.

Collected here are both celebrated and underappreciated gems of American and Mexican literature depicting a region that for some writers represents an exotic land, for others home. Writing on the Edge juxtaposes passages by New Jersey poet William Carlos Williams and native songwriter Flaco Jiménez, British novelist Graham Greene and American poet Demetria Martínez, to show us the border from both sides and from a distance. In all of the selections, La Frontera looms larger than life—an energizing force that frames the lives of the characters living within its boundaries. Included in the book is a literary map of the border highlighting the sites with which each author is identified.

As editor Tom Miller observes, the very notion of literature in a region considered an "irrelevant nuisance" allows for more free-ranging creative output." Writing on the Edge sparkles with such creativity and invites readers to enjoy the best of two worlds—and of the world they share.

Print a literary map of the borderlands here!

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Writing on the Edge: A Borderlands Reader presents essays, short fiction and poetry by 80 famous and emerging writers from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border that establish the border as a literary region. Map.

About the Author

Tom Miller has written about the American Southwest and Latin America for more than thirty years. His eight previous books include On the Border, The Panama Hat Trail, and Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink: Offbeat Travels through America's Southwest.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816522415
Editor:
Miller, Tom
Contribution:
Anzaldua, Gloria
Editor:
Miller, Tom
Author:
Miller, Tom
Contribution:
Bowden, Charles
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Southwestern States
Subject:
Mexican literature
Subject:
Mexican-american border region
Subject:
Mexican-American Border Region Civilization.
Subject:
Literature and Essays, Borderlands Studies
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 11
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 360 in

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