Books: Anthologies Pt. 5

We’re nearing the end of the anthologies! As much as I enjoy these large collections of stories by various authors, I’m ready to talk about some individual titles. This post will cover the Caribbean and Latino anthologies I have, then all we have left is Shakespeare and two small student publications I picked up during my time at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Although I have two Shakespeare anthologies, they contain the same content so it shouldn’t be too bad (I actually enjoy a lot of his work).

To begin, let’s get into The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature—a small-ish anthology at around 507 pages (before the Bibliography). It’s organized into six sections based on year, and each section is further separated into Poetry and prose, and Non-fiction works. There is a general introduction to the anthology as a whole as well as introductions to each section that give brief histories on the authors and works being presented.

1900-29 includes works by:
Tropica (Mary Adella Wolcott), Tom Redcam (Thomas Macdermot), J.E.C. McFarlane, Albinia Hutton, H.S. Bunbury, Astley Clerk, P.M. Sherlock, Eva Nicholas, Clara Maude Garrett, H.D. Carberry, Claude McKay, H.G. De Lisser, A.R.F. Webber, C.L.R. James, Leo Oakley, Harvey Clarke, Edward Baugh, and Amy J. Garvey

1930-49 includes works by:
Una Marson, George Campbell, Louise Bennett, Roger Mais, Vera Bell, A.J. Seymour, The Mighty Chalkdust, The Mighty Sparrow, Albert Gomes, The Beacon Editorials, Victor Stafford Reid,  Alison Donnell (one of the anthology’s editors), Mervyn Morris, Gordon Rohlehr

1950-65 includes works by:
Martin Carter, Elma Napier, Samuel Selvon, Jean Rys, Karl Sealy, Henry Swanzy, George Lamming, Sarah Lawson Welsh (one of the anthology’s editors), Reinhard Sander & Ian Munro, Evelyn O’Callaghan

1966-1979 (don’t know why the number formatting changes from here) includes works by:
Dennis Scott, Anthony McNeill, Christine Craig, Mahadai Das, Rajkumari Singh, Sylvia Wynter, Gerald Moore, Kamau Brathwaite, Derek Walcott, James Berry

1980-1989 includes works by:
Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mikey Smith, Jane King, Grace Nichols, Lorna Goodison, Jamaica Kincaid (one of my favorites), Harry Narain, David Dabydeen, Ramabai Espinet, Denise Decaires Narain

The 1990s includes works by:
Jean Binta Breeze, Benjamin Zephaniah, Mutabaruka, Lawrence Scott, Carolyn Cooper, Merle Hodge, John Vidal, Derek Walcott

(Just as a note, I have omitted repeat authors in many of the sections.)

There is a good variety of content in this anthology, and you won’t be disappointed if you decide to pick it up. However, I’m biased and I would say that about any of my anthologies. 😉


I took two Latino/a Literature courses during my undergrad program—[Into. to] Latino Literature and Hispanic Women Writers. The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature was acquired during the first of the two (the HWW course called mostly for individual books by specific writers, to be discussed at a later date).This is a large anthology. It begins like most with “Contents”, but also has an Alternate Table of Contents. Contents is arranged by time period, whereas the Alternate Table of Contents is arranged by region.

Here’s a brief picture of what that looks like:

Colonization: 1537-1810
Annexations: 1811-1898
Frontier Memoirs
Southwestern Newspaper Poetry
The Chacón Family
Acculturation: 1899-1945
Upheaval: 1946-1979
The Nuyorican Poets
San Antonio Women Poets
Puerto Rican Young Lords
Into the Mainstream: 1980-Present
Writers of Latinidad
Popular Dimensions
Dichos [manifestations of popular wisdom]
Chistes [jokes]
Cartoonistas [comic strips]
Teatro Popular [theater]
Cuentos and Leyendas [folktales and legends]
Canciones [songs]
Appendix 1: Chronology—Literature and History
Appendix 2: Treaties, Acts, and Propositions
Appendix 3: Influential Essays by Latin American Writers

Alternate Table of Contents
Cuba (3rd highest number of works)
Popular Dimensions
Dominican Republic
Mexico (highest number of works)
Popular Dimensions
Puerto Rico (2nd after Mexico)
Popular Dimensions

Now that you have an idea of how this anthology is organized, let’s talk about some of my favorite authors in this collection. There are very few authors whose entire bibliography I enjoy. Many authors are hit or miss in my eyes, even the ones I really like (except Octavia Butler, I LOVE her stuff…all of it). I was exposed to the authors below in my Hispanic Women Writers course (one of the authors below actually taught said course), along with many others, and these are still among my favorites. The works included can be found in a variety of locations besides this anthology, and I’d suggest looking to see if any of them are available for free online.

I’ll list my favorites and their works that are included in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature:

Nicholasa Mohr (Upheaval/Puerto Rico)
May, 1945
The Wrong Lunch Line: Early Spring 1946
Aunt Rosana’s Rocker (Zoraida)
A Journey toward a Common Ground: The Struggle and Identity of Hispanics in the U.S.A.

Rosario Ferré (Upheaval/Puerto Rico)
The House on the Lagoon (one of my favorites)
Thanksgiving Day, 1936
Writing in Between

Isabel Allende (Into the Mainstream/Chile)
From Part 1: December 1991 to May 1992

Julia Alvarez (Into the Mainstream/ Dominican Republic)
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Daughter of Invention
Entre Lucas y Juan Mejía
Bilingual Sestina
The Sisters

Pat Mora (Into the Mainstream/Mexico)
A Child, a Child
La dulcería
Coatlicue’s Rules: Advice from an Aztec Goddess
Manliche’s Tips: Pique from Mexico’s Mother
Consejos de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: Counsel from the Brown Virgin

Judith Ortiz Cofer (Into the Mainstream/Puerto Rico)
The Story of My Body
The Latin Deli: An Arts Poetica
The Chameleon
Hostages to Fortune

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés (Into the Mainstream/Cuba)
Muchacha (After Jamaica)
**I love her most because she was my favorite professor at UCF. She’s an awesome woman, writer, teacher, mentor, etc., etc. I can’t speak highly enough of her.**

Another Latino author that I really like is James Cañon. He isn’t included in this anthology, but I have his book Tales from the Town of Widows, and we will definitely get to that later on when I start talking about individual books in my collection.

In my next post I’ll briefly talk about the Shakespeare anthologies I have, and then we’ll only have one more part to this series on anthologies. Hang in there, we’re almost through. 🙂

As always, if you have any questions you can contact me here.

Happy Reading!


Books: Intro to Anthologies

If you’ve looked at the list of books I’ve read, you’ll see that I have quite a few anthologies. By [] definition, an anthology is:

a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject


a collection of selected writings by one author

All of the anthologies were obtained as required reading for my undergrad courses as a  Lit. major. I have not read every single piece in any of them, but one of my goals is to accomplish just that. With the growing list of other titles I want to read, getting through the anthologies is near the bottom of my list of priorities. However, because I’m obsessively attached to them, they will remain a permanent part of my “keeping collection”, unlike other books that I will sell/donate as I review them.

The anthologies I will be talking about fall under the “various authors” definition, and include:

Bedford Introduction to Literature 7th Ed.
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, 7th E d.

Anthology of American Literature Vol. 2,  9th Ed.
Heath Anthology of American Literature Colonial-1800; Vol. A, 5th Ed.
Heath Anthology of American Literature 1800-1865; Vol. B, 5th Ed.

Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1, 8th Ed.
Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 2nd Ed.

Norton Anthology of African American Literature, 2nd Ed.
Best African American Fiction: 2009

The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature
Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

The Norton Shakespeare, based on Oxford, 2nd Ed.
The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare , Annotated

The Cypress Dome Issue 17, 2006 [UCF student publication]
The Cypress Dome Issue 21, 2010 [UCF student publication]

Each of these anthologies cover an extensive range of authors and titles, and it would be an injustice for me to 1) cover them minimally in a single post, or 2) cover them completely in a single post. If you’ll stick with me, we can cover them in a few posts so you get a feel for each. I will cover them in the order in which they are listed above, not alphabetically by author as they are listed here.

If you have questions about any of these, send me a message.

In my next post I will cover The Bedford Introduction to Literature as well as The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction.

Happy Reading!