New Jersey and the Latina/o Literary Imagination
Presented by Jason Cortes, Assistant Professor of Spanish American Literature/American Studies, Rutgers University
Ever since the publication of William Carlos Williams’ five-book poem Paterson (1946-1958), New Jersey has figured prominently in the Latina/o literary imagination. The “poetics of space” summoned in Williams’ modernist epic resonates in the work of contemporary Latina/o writers such as Junot Díaz. This presentation will examine the importance of New Jersey as a site of Latina/o identity politics.