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This article's use of external links may not follow Wikipedia's policies or guidelines. Please improve this article by removing excessive or inappropriate external links, and converting useful links where appropriate into footnote references. (March 2011) This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2010) Ilan Stavans (born Ilan Stavchansky on April 7, 1961, in Mexico City) is a Mexican-American, essayist, lexicographer, cultural commentator, translator, short-story author, TV personality, and teacher known for his insights into American, Hispanic, and Jewish cultures.
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His journey is the topic of his autobiography On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language (2001). and includes both scholarly monographs such as The Hispanic Condition open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd.2 Edited works 8. he settled in New England where he lives with his wife. Stavans's work is wide-ranging.3 Television 8. he ultimately immigrated to the United States in 1985. He was the host of the syndicated PBS show Conversations with Ilan Stavans. His father Abraham was a popular Mexican soap opera star.Contact Wikipedia Toolbox Print/export Languages Español Esperanto 1 Life 2 Influence 3 Spanglish Contents [hide] 4 The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature 5 Fiction 6 Cultural Studies 7 Critical bibliography 8 Publications 8.1 Complete book-length original works 8. He is best known for his investigations on language and culture.com .4 Films 9 References 10 External links Life  Ilan Stavans was born in Mexico to a middle-class Jewish family from the Pale of Settlement. and his two sons. Upon completing his graduate education in New York City. His love for lexicography is evident in Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion (2005). He received a Master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Letters from Columbia University. Latin America. which ran from 2001 to 2006. Living in Europe. and the Middle East. Joshua and Isaiah. Alison.
And his anthology The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2005) was the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award. He has also taught a various other institutions. Stavans edited the 1. Influence  He has portrayed Jewish-American identity as Eurocentric and parochial. He is recognized for his explorations of Jewish culture in the Hispanic world. His inspirations range from Jorge Luis Borges to Edmund Wilson and Walter Benjamin. In 1994 he published the anthology Tropical Synagogues: Stories by Jewish-Latin American Writers (1994). The same year he edited the 3-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories for the Library of America. Some of his essays on Jewish topics are included in The Inveterate Dreamer." the lampooner José Guadalupe Posada. as well as a book about the board game Lotería! (with Teresa Villegas). His work has been translated into a dozen languages. he has written influential essays on the Mexican comedian.(1995) and comic strips in the case of Latino USA: A Cartoon History (with Lalo Alcaraz) (2000). Stavans is editor of several anthologies including The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998). the Chicano leader César Chávez. In 1997. Since 1993 he has been on the faculty at Amherst College. (In his open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. including the Latino Literature Prize. and the Rubén Darío Distinction. Mario Moreno ("Cantinflas"). on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Pablo Neruda’s birth.com . A selection of his work appeared in 2000 under the title The Essential Ilan Stavans. Massachusetts. In 2004. He is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common. based at Amherst College. He has also displayed a strong interest in popular culture. where he is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture. He was also featured in one of the Smithsonian Q&A books. He has been a critic of the nostalgia generated by life in the Eastern European shtetl of the 19th century. which includes Stavans’s own poems. From 1997 to 2005 he edited the Jewish Latin America series at the University of New Mexico Press. and the Tejana singer Selena. Chile’s Presidential Medal.000-page-long The Poetry of Pablo Neruda. Among other topics. including Columbia University. Stavans was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been the recipient of international prizes and honors.
Isaiah Berlin. academy. Stavans has devoted his energy to reinvigorating the literary genre of the conversation not as a promotional tool but as a patient. he burned his collection of dozens of Borges’s books. slated for publication in 2010. Neal Sokol interviewed Stavans in a book-long volume Eight Conversations (2004) on his Jewish and Latino heritage. American. and W. and Mexican. Stavans has devoted many years of study to the work of Gabriel García Márquez. Franz Kafka. His biography. G. Sebald. It includes pieces on writing On Borrowed Words. published in 2009 by University of Michigan Press. The biography traces Gabriel García Márquez's artistic development from childhood to the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude in Spanish in 1967 and its English translation by Gregory Rabassa in 1970. asnd close readings of the Don Quixote and the oeuvre of Roberto Bolaño. Octavio Paz. The book is a collection of pieces that brings together three cultures: Jewish. Samuel Johnson. the Holocaust in Latin America.) He has written a small biography of the Chicano lawyer Oscar "Zeta" Acosta and a book-long meditation on Octavio Paz. Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years. and translation in the shaping of Hispanic culture. 9. Isaac Babel. his life.com . discusses the work of Borges. is the first of two planned volumes. and Canadian journalist Mordecai Drache (Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. Stavans is a magical writer himself. Isaac Bashevis Singer.S. Stavans writes about his life and work as a cultural critic. Stavans traces his beginnings. calls Hispanic civilization to task for its allergy to constructive self-criticism. Since the late 1990s. Sholem Aleichem." In A Critic’s Journey. In 2005. Julia Alvarez. when. insightful instrument to explore them in intellectual depth. not just about one literary figure. in a series of interviews with Neal Sokol called Ilan Stavans: Eight Conversations. and others. Gabriel García Márquez. in order to find his own style. the growth of Latino studies in the U. author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. and his text. in the early stages of his career. Miguel de Cervantes. as well as pieces on Sandra Cisneros. p. Richard Rodríguez. Stavans’ relationship with the Jewish Daily Forward. translator Verónica Albin discussed the way the word “love” has changed through the age in the book Love and Language (2007) as well as on topic like libraries and censorship in Knowledge and Censorship (2008). Stavans recounts the episode. Edward Said. informative study tracking the small beginnings of a literary giant and his magnum opus. It is also a love story: that of an important contemporary critic and thinker with a writer. Stavans enlightens us. has called this biography "an engaging. and reflects on anti-Semitism and antiHispanic sentiment. but about the culture and history of a whole hemisphere in a book that never feels plodding or overtly academic.autobiography.
And he reflects on the cultural similarities between Spanglish and jazz. stating that recent immigrants are prone to use a type of Spanglish that differs from second.Culture) probes him on the Bible as a work of literature in With All Thine Heart (2010). social. The translation has been controversial throughout the world. as general editor. after thirteen years of preparation. Spanglish  As a sociolinguist. Critics accuse Stavans of using Spanglish to call attention to himself. The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature open in browser PRO version  In 2011. Stavans studies Spanglish by making comparisons with Black English and with Yiddish as well as Yinglish (the type of Yiddish used by Jewish immigrants to the United States and their children). He also establishes differences across generational and geographical lines. In the U. garnishing celebrations and attacks. and graffiti. He has edited a dictionary of Spanglish words called Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language (2003) that includes an essay in historical analysis on the development of this linguistic phenomenon. Stavans published in the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia a Spanglish translation of the first chapter of Cervantes’ Don Quixote of La Mancha. Stavans writes that its first manifestations date back to 1848. writers like Gloria Anzaldúa and Richard Rodriguez have also practiced the conversation as a meditative form. Nuyorrican (Puerto Rican in New York). In 2002. He describes various distinctive varieties of Spanglish. published The Norton Anthology of Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. Stavans. such as Cubonics (Cuban-American). Dominicanish (DominicanAmerican). Supporters say that the translation is an indication that the Latino community in the United States has come of age. Stavans is known as a world authority in Spanglish.S. the hybrid form of communication that emerges at the crossroad where Spanish and English speakers interact. Latino literary tradition. hip-hop. Stavans has responded to the reactions with interviews in which he argues that Spanglish is today’s manifestation of “mestizaje. and cultural traits of Anglos and Latinos similar to what occurred during the colonization of the Americas in the sixteenth century.or third-generation Latinos.” the crossbreeding of racial. and Chicano (Mexican American). rap.com . when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed after the MexicanAmerican War ended and a large portion of Mexican land was sold to the United States.
Tsai writes "My Mexican Shivah offers so much profundity that almost every viewer can walk out of the theater with something to mull.700-page compendium that includes more than two hundred authors and covers from the colonial period (the earliest author included is Fray Bartolomé de las Casas) to the present time. Literal." The film was praised by Martin Tsai in the New York Sun ("Lifetimes To Go in Old Mexico. It was noted in. among other places.” Cornel West called it ”an instant classic. One of them.” It was criticized also for including few authors born in Central America.” And Felipe Fernández-Armesto of University of Notre Dame stated: “Imaginatively conceived. Mr. World Literature Today. Booklist gave it a starred review." about Jewish life in Mexico at the time of the 2000 presidential election.Mr. Erica Jong said “Ilan Stavans has spread a feast of Latino literature before us. It was greeted with an enthusiastic reception. and a breezy pace that one nearly forgets that the action unfolds almost entirely within the confines of one house. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately. the American Book Review. Fiction This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. Please help by adding reliable sources. this book can change the way the world thinks about America. Springall and screenwriter Jorge Goldenberg have so skillfully infused the film with an intriguing story. "Morirse está en hebreo.. stunningly broad. The anthology features Mexican-Americans. and the way Americans think about themselves. which appeared in the later anthology. The Boston Globe. endlessly engaging. The film's coda open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd.Latino Literature. It also features a section with samples by Latin American writers such as Octavio Paz and Roberto Fernández Retamar discussing the United States. The Norton Anthology followed in the footsteps of similar ventures devoted to women literature and AfricanAmerican literature. 2008). convincing performances.com ." August 29. Cuban-Americans. a 2. painstakingly executed. (January 2010)  Stavans’s short stories are included in The One-Handed Pianist (1996) and The Disappearance (2006). and NPR’s On Point with John Ashbrook.. profoundly stirring. and other Latinos. Smithsonian. Puerto Ricans in the island and the mainland. was turned into a movie directed by Alejandro Springall called "My Mexican Shivah.
2008 (see Mike Boehm's article "Seeking Haven on Earth. "The One-Handed Pianist" deals with a rare disease affecting a piano concert player. Spic Goes to Washington" (2008) was hailed by the writer Rigoberto González as "Stavans' latest contribution to a stellar career in literary troublemaking. about an Orthodox Jewish thief of rare books. entertaining read that will appeal to a wider and younger audience than has read Stavans before." San Antonio Express-News July 27. The play's premiere was staged at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on October 16. like the rest of the film." JFK conspiracy theories. Fans of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" will enjoy its comedic value and caustic satire. suggesting that maybe he shouldn't burn his œuvre. Stavans explores the perils of silence. But. it rings utterly true.." ("What If You Voted for the Vato?" El Paso Times October 19.com . Spic Shocks and Provokes. even Bill Clinton. Spic" delivers Latino history lessons with comedic bows not only to Mr." Mr." Los Angeles Times October 15." he imagines Kafka's final letter to Max Brod." The themes in Stavans' fiction range from redemption and revenge to cultural authenticity and political activism.The 110-page book is a quick. Smith but Cervantes' Don Quixote. dreams and visions of a pioneer do not vanish with his martyrdom. In "Xerox Man. And so his political career is cut short. though Stavans assures us that the ideas. 2008) Elaine Ayala writes in the San Antonio Express-News ""Mr. González states in the El Paso Times (Texas) "Unlike "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. "Mr. Woody Allen's "Zelig. 2008) Cultural Studies  His views on language are polemical in their approach to word and structure formation. Spic" inhabits a grittier version of this fantasy story line: There really is no place for such a pro-Latino agitator like him in Washington. Stavans meditates on imperfection. 2008). In "A Heaven Without Crows. Stavans believes that dictionaries and language academies are buffers whose improbable function is to provide continuity for a open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd." about the kidnapping of a famous Jewish stage actor in the Low Countries..may be somewhat anticlimactic because the confrontations do not boil over as anticipated." written for the BBC. And in "The Disappearance." ("Idealistic Mr. incidentally. did not thrill Congress back in 1939 because of its depiction of a corrupt and self-absorbed branch of government). His graphic novel "Mr. "The Disappearance" serves as the basis of a play he created with the Double Edge Theater Company. impeding her the use of one hand." the Jimmy Stewart vehicle that inspires the title and premise of this book (a film that.
From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity. concerns regarding factual errors in his published output. is fatuous. Body Snatching. "On Buffaloes. Ilan Stavans: Eight Conversations (Book) Machado Sáez. Neal (2004). represents appropriation. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of PostSixties Literature. Critical bibliography  He has been criticized by some academics and scholars who have taken issue with his formulation of US Latino identity and/or with his research in literary studies. for example. A Cartoon History (of a cosmopolitan intellectual). He defined modernity as “a translated way of life” and has written and lectured on the role translators perform as communicating vessels across epochs and habitats. (Book) New York: Luis. Louis (2001). "Ilan Stavans's Latino USA. Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States. "How to Be Both an Outsider and an Insider. (Newspaper Article) open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. He accuses the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in Madrid of colonialism."  Bilingual Review 26(1): 79–86. TN: Vanderbilt UP. Translation. Columbia University Press. Nashville." Latino Studies 7." Cuba Nuestra Digital  (Magazine Article) Richardson. but suggests that such continuity." Chasqui 35(1): 21–41. He has also studied the Iberian conquest of the Americas in the 16th century from a linguistic perspective. especially in the age of electronic communication. (Academic Journal) Mendoza. "Reconquista: Ilan Stavans and Multiculturalist Latino/a Discourse. William (1997). Paul (2006). Luz (2009).com . for Stavans. Elena (2009). icono del seudointelectual norteamericano. (Academic Journal)Scholar search Modroño Garcia. and Bandidismo: Ilan Stavans’s Appropriation of Oscar Acosta and the Chicano Experience. Juan (2000). 'The Czar of Latino Literature and Culture' Finds Himself Under Attack. Allatson. "Ilan Stavans. among other things." The New York Times.4 (2009): 410–434. Sokol. Raphael and Elena Machado Sáez (2007).  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.dictionaries and language academies are buffers whose improbable function is to provide continuity for a language. Lynda (1999). (Book) Flores. (Academic Journal) Dalleo.
"El esencial difamador Ilan Stavans/The Essential Slanderer Ilan Stavans. "'Living in the Hyphen' Between Latin and American. illustrations by Roberto Weil.  (Magazine Article) (2009). Spic Goes to Washington. 2011 .Love and Language (with Verónica Albin). 2010 . essay and riddles by Ilan Stavans.Mr.El Iluminado (with Steve Sheinkin).Conversations with Ilan Stavans (with Neal Sokol).(1998). 2008 .Resurrecting Hebrew. 2011 . 2003 . 2001 . 2010 .Knowledge and Censorship (with Verónica Albin). 2007 .Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language.com Source Cannot be Confirmed (Magazine Article) Publications Complete book-length original works 2012 . 2006 .José Vaconcelos: The Prophet of Race.A Critic's Journey 2008 .With All Thine Heart: Love and the Bible (with Mordecai Drache). art by Teresa Villegas.The Inveterate Dreamer: Essays and Conversations on Jewish Literature. 2001 . 2000 . 2003 . 2005 .Return to Centro Historico: A Mexican Jew Looks for His Roots. 2001 . open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API   pdfcrowd." Vegamedia Press.The Essential Ilan Stavans.Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion." The Chronicle of Higher Education.Lotería!.Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years.What is la hispanidad?: A Conversation (with Iván Jaksic).Octavio Paz: A Meditation. 2005 . 2012 .The Disappearance: A Novella and Stories.On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language. 2008 .com . 2009 .
2010 . 2011 . 2010 . Oscar 'Zeta' Acosta and the Chicano Experience. 1995 .Mexican-American Cuisine (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization).Health Care (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization). edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. 1995 . Edited works 2012 . edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.Béisbol (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization). 2011 .com . edited by Ilan Stavans.Imagining Columbus: The Literary Voyage.S.Art and Anger: Essays on Politics and the Imagination. 1998 . 1996 . illustrations by Lalo López Alcaraz.Fútbol (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization). 2010 .The Riddle of Cantinflas: Essays on Popular Hispanic Culture.One Hundred Years of Solitude (Critical Insights). 2010 .The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories. edited by Ilan Stavans. 1993 . 2011 . edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.). edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.2000 . 2010 .: A Cartoon History.  2011 . edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.César Chávez (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization). edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.Bandido.Border Culture (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization). edited by Ilan Stavans (four vols.The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. 2010 .A.Encyclopedia of Latin Music. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.Latino U.The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry: An Anthology. 1996 . 2012 .Quinceañera (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization).All The Odes: Pablo Neruda.The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture and Identity in America.
edited by Ilan Stavans (four vols.).com . 1997 . edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. edited by Ilan Stavans. edited by Ilan Stavans. 2008 . 2007 .Encyclopedia Latina.The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories. edited by Ilan Stavans.Wachale! Poetry and Prose on Growing Up Latino.Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories.The Urban Muse. 2005 . edited by Ilan Stavans. 1996 . edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. 2004 .The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays. 2008 .Spanglish (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization).Lengua Fresca. edited by Ilan Stavans.The Poetry of Pablo Neruda. edited by Ilan Stavans (3 vols. 2006 . 2001 .Mutual Impressions: Writers of the Americas Reading One Another. 1999 .I Explain a Few Things: Selected Poems.Telenovelas (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization). 1998 . edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd. 2007 . edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. edited by Ilan Stavans.Latina Writers (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization).The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. written by César Chávez. 1997 . 2009 .2010 . edited by Ilan Stavans.An Organizer's Tale: Speeches. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.). 2008 . 1997 .000 Years of Jewish-Hispanic Literature. 2008 .Calvert Casey: The Collected Stories. written by Pablo Neruda. 2002 .Immigration (The Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization).The Scroll and the Cross: 1. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans.A Luis Leal Reader (Latino Voices/Vidas). edited by Ilan Stavans. 2003 .Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works.Rubén Darío: Selected Writings. edited and with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. 2005 . 2005 . edited by Ilan Stavans. co-edited by Ilan Stavans and Harold Augenbraum.
The Vocabula Review.org/about  External links Voices on Antisemitism Interview with Ilan Stavans Museum Stavans on the Art of Cultural Criticism. Translation Journal. Interview by Verónica Albin Stavans on Literature and Prayer. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 1994 . Profile of Stavans in Village Voice Profile of Stavans in the Chronicle of Higher Education open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API . Interview by Verónica Albin Stavans on Libraries. "ARTICLES ABOUT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES" Times. Television Conversations with Ilan Stavans (PBS. Literary Review. Interview by Kim Ben-Porat Stavans on Translation. edited with an introduction by Ilan Stavans. ^ http://www. 1993 . Short Stories by Jewish-Latin American Writers. co-edited by Ilan Stavans and Harold Augenbraum.  References 1.thecommononline.Growing up Latino: Memoirs and Stories.New World: Young Latino Writers. Interview by Verónica Albin Stavans on Dictionaries. Translation Journal.com . Interview by Jenny Attiyeh Stavans on Censorship. edited by Ilan Stavans. La Plaza)  Films Morirse está en hebreo / My Mexican Shivah (2006) Directed by Alejandro Springall.Tropical Synagogues. AGNI. New York pdfcrowd. from the United States Holocaust Memorial  ThoughtCast. Interview by Neal Sokol Stavans on Spanglish-NPR interview Stavans on Spanglish-PBS interview COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.1996 .
com Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API . a blog hosted by Ilan Stavans radio interview with Ilan Stavans Authority control VIAF: 17373977 · nthWORD Magazine Rate this page What's this? Trustworthy Objective Complete View page ratings Well-written I am highly knowledgeable about this topic (optional) Submit ratings Categories: 1961 births open in browser PRO version Living people American essayists American short story writers pdfcrowd.Stavans on Spanglish in Newsweek Translation of Don Quixote PBS Conversation with Ilan Stavans The Salvation of Anarchy: A Review of The Disappearance Stavans en Cuadernos Cervantes Traducción de Don Quixote Stavans por Jorge Ramos Stavans en Instituto Cervantes Stavans lee a Pablo Neruda Stavans en Barcelona Review En mi opinion. a blog hosted by Ilan Stavans En mi opinion.
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