Acknowledged Legislator : Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martin Espada Paperback / softback
Edited by Edward J. Carvalho
Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martin Espada stands as the first-ever collection of essays on poet and activist Martin Espada.
It is also, to date, the only published book-length, single-author study of Espada currently in existence.
Relying on innovative, highly original contributions from thirteen Espada scholars, its principal aim is to argue for a long overdue critical awareness of and cultural appreciation for Espada and his body of writing.
Acknowledged Legislator accomplishes this task in three fundamental ways: by providing readers with background information on the poet's life and work; offering an examination into the subject matter and dominant themes that are frequently contained in his writing; and finally, by advocating, in a variety of ways, for why we should be reading, discussing, and teaching the Espada canon.
Divided into four distinct sections that modulate through several theoretical frames-from Espada's attention to resistance poetics and concerns for historical memory to his oppositional critique of neoliberalism and support for a class consciousness grounded in labor rights-Acknowledged Legislator offers a cohesive, forward-thinking interpretive statement of the poet's vision and proposes a critical (re)assessment for how we read Espada, now and in the future.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 356 pages
- Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
- Publication Date: 15/04/2016
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9781611479591