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Stavans, Ilan

Works: 428 works in 1,384 publications in 5 languages and 76,771 library holdings
Genres: Short stories  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Literature  Autobiographies  Poetry  Fiction  Interviews  Juvenile works  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Narrator, Creator, Contributor, htt, Publishing director
Classifications: PJ5129.S49, 839.133
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ilan Stavans
The riddle of Cantinflas : essays on Hispanic popular culture by Ilan Stavans( )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 2,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of our foremost cultural critics comes a provocative collection of essays on politics and popular culture in Mexico and the Hispanic community in the United States. Ilan Stavans examines the delightful if torturous relationship between a Europeanized elite and the hybrid masses in a continent he sees as imprisoned in the labyrinth of identity. In "Santa Selena," for example, Stavans explores the beatification of the martyred Tejana singer in the context of American pop iconography. Similarly, Stavans's portraits of Jose Guadalupe Posada, Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Sandra Cisneros, Cantinflas, and Carlos Fuentes are less about these luminaries than about what people have turned them into. His search is not for the idol but for the idolater, and for ways in which technology and the media refurbish reality. This theme is nowhere more tangible than in the essay on Subcomandante Marcos as a postmodern incarnation of Che Guevara and Abimael Guzman, a mythical guerrillero whose best weapons were not the bayonet and hand grenade but the fax machine and e-mail
Art and anger : essays on politics and the imagination by Ilan Stavans( )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his critiques of Octavio Paz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Stavans reflects on the dichotomy between pen and sword in the Hispanic world and wonders why we are so mesmerized by magic realism, a literary style that poses as unsettling while remaining thoroughly conventional at heart. In "Letter to a German Friend," Stavans returns to his fate as a Jew in the Southern Hemisphere, and in "The First Book," he connects his passion for literature to his initiation into Jewishness. Finally, in the brilliant meditation on Columbus's afterlife, he reflects on the many ways in which we reinvent ourselves in order to make sense of the chaotic world that surrounds us
With all thine heart : love and the Bible by Ilan Stavans( )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""In these fascinating conversations, a brilliant literary scholar turns his meticulous attention to familiar texts of the Jewish Bible that speak of love and human emotion. What results is a uniqueness of perception, as well as a transforming experience for the reader:'Sherwin B. Nuland, author of How We Die" ""Ilan Stavans bites into the apple and invites us to share the fruit of his knowledge. The perfect guide to the biblical universe, he spins brilliant metaphors that help us re-envision not only the timeless tales but also our own time-bound world:'Ruth Knafo Setton, author of The Road to Fez" ""An essential topic, scrutinized with profound knowledge, insight, and acuity. A wonderful, precious book:'Norman Manea, author of The Hooligan's Return" "Is the Bible actually a love story between a deity and a people? And what does this love story have to do with the modern world? In With All Thine Heart distinguished cultural critic Ilan Stavans engages in a conversation with freelance writer Mordecai Drache about love in the Bible." "Addressing a wide range of topics, from biblical archaeology and fundamentalism to Hollywood movies, lexicography, and the act of praying, the dialogue between Stavans and Drache shows how the Bible is a multidimensional text and one that, when considered over the course of history, still has the power to shape our world. Organized chronologically from Genesis to Exodus and followed by insightful meditations on the Song of Songs and the Book of Job, With All Thine Heart is a delightful intellectual and spiritual treat."--Jacket
José Vasconcelos : the prophet of race by Ilan Stavans( )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mexican educator and thinker José Vasconcelos was a controversial scholar who fostered an alternative view of the future. In this book, his influential 1925 essay, "Mestizaje"--Key to understanding the role he played in the shaping of multiethnic America--is analyzed. "Mestizaje" suggested that the Brown Race from Latin America was called to dominate the world, a thesis embraced by activists and scholars north and south of the Rio Grande. The author considers how many in the United States, especially Chicanos during the civil rights era, used it as a platform for their political agenda. The volume also includes Vasconcelos's l1926 Harris Foundation Lecture at the University of Chicago, "The Race Problem in Latin America," where he cautioned the United States that rejecting mestizaje in our own midst will ultimately bankrupt the nation
Gabriel García Márquez : the early years by Ilan Stavans( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This long awaited biography provides a fascinating and comprehensive picture of Garcia Marquez's life up to the publication of his classic 100 Years of Solitude. Based on nearly a decade of research, this biographical study sheds new light on the life and works of the Nobel Laureate, father of magical realism, and bestselling author in the history of the Spanish language. As Garcia Marquez's impact endures on well into his ninth decade, the biographer's keen insights constitute the definitive re-appraisal of the literary giant's life and corpus. The later part of his life will be covered in a second book
Singer's typewriter and mine : reflections on Jewish culture by Ilan Stavans( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Singer's Typewriter and Mine, a follow-up to The Inveterate Dreamer (Nebraska, 2001), Stavans interweaves his own experience with that of other Jewish writers and thinkers, past and present, to explore modern Jewish culture across the boundaries of language and nation. Juxtaposing the personal and the analytical, these essays and conversations take up the oeuvres of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Mario Vargas Llosa, translation and God's language, storytelling as midrash, anti-Semitism in Hispanic America, Yiddish and Sephardic literatures, the connection between humor and terror, impostors as cultural agents, the creators of the King James Bible, and the encounter between Jewish and Latino civilizations, to name but a few of Stavans's topics here. Funny, engaging, and provocative, this collection continues Stavans's project of opening new vistas in our cross-cultural understanding of language, literature, and life."--Publisher' description
The Norton anthology of Latino literature( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: A dazzling and definitive compendium of the Latino literary tradition. This groundbreaking Norton Anthology includes the work of 201 Latino writers from Chicano, Cuban-, Puerto Rican-, and Dominican-American traditions, as well as writing from other Spanish-speaking countries. Under the general editorship of award-winning cultural critic Ilan Stavans, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature traces four centuries of writing, from letters to the Spanish crown by sixteenth-century conquistadors to the cutting-edge expressions of twenty-first-century cartoonistas and artists of reggaeton. In six chronological sections-Colonization, Annexation, Acculturation, Upheaval, Into the Mainstream, and Popular Traditions-it encompasses all genres, featuring such writers as Jose Marti, William Carlos Williams, Julia Alvarez, Oscar Hijuelos, Cristina Garcia, Piri Thomas, Esmeralda Santiago, and Junot Diaz. Twelve years in the making, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature sheds new light on "nuestra America" through a gathering of writing unprecedented in scope and vitality
The poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems by the Nobel Prize-winning author features translations, many of them specially commissioned, of almost six hundred works
Border culture by Ilan Stavans( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The border between the United States and Mexico, despite attempts at containment, remains a vast and uniquely malleable yet indefinable region. With Border Culture, Ilan Stavans has collected essays representative of the tangled experiences and issues central to life between cultures. Divided into two sections, Border Culture covers topics essential to better understanding this often misunderstood region and state-of-mind. The first section, ""Considerations, "" culls essays covering socio-economic and political topics illustrating the hyper reality of life and living on La
The scroll and the cross : 1,000 years of Jewish-Hispanic literature by Ilan Stavans( )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tenth century to the Spanish-speaking Americas and the United States today. This volume is sure to become a treasured resource for those interested in a marriage of civilizations whose future will affect us all. Book jacket
Telenovelas by Ilan Stavans( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama! Excess! Men in bee suits! Though sometimes fantastical and dramatic, the telenovela differs greatly from U.S. soap operas and has regional and cultural distinctions throughout Latin America. In Telenovelas, Ilan Stavans has gathered over two dozen essays covering the telenovela for readers to better understand the phenomenon and its myriad layers. Branching off from radionovelas, the telenovela was exported from pre-Castro Cuba during the 1950s. The essays found in Telenovela cover a broad view of the genre, television's impact on Latino culture, as well as more in-depth discussions of specific telenovelas throughout the Spanish-speaking television audience in North America. Also explored is how telenovelas depict stereotypes, repsond to gender and class roles, and examine the differences in topic and thematic choices as well as production values unique to each country. -- from back cover
The inveterate dreamer : essays and conversations on Jewish culture by Ilan Stavans( )

13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not only do "modern" Jewish languages like Yiddish and Hebrew have their own Jewish writers, but every major Western tongue-from German and Russian to English and Portuguese-does as well. These writers are often at the crossroad between the two traditions: their Jewish one and their own national one. Is there such a thing as a modern Jewish literary tradition, one navigating across linguistic and national lines? If so, how should one define it? Stavans explores the problems and prospects of representing Jewish experiences through such media as Holocaust memoirs and Jewish museums; astutely comments on well-known intellectual figures, including Lionel Trilling, Isaac Babel, Primo Levi, Harold Bloom, and Walter Benjamin; engages in memorable conversations with Norman Manea, Joseph Brodsky, and Ariel Dorfman; and offers compelling glimpses of revelatory moments in his own life
The Hispanic condition : reflections on culture and identity in America by Ilan Stavans( Book )

36 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the cultural and behavioral similarities and differences between Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans. Discusses whether Hispanics will assimilate into mainstream American society or remain a separate identity
Health care by Ilan Stavans( )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work highlights the myriad problems Latinos face in becoming fully acculturated consumers of health care. Its series of chapters by expert contributors bridge the communication gap between mainstream medical professionals who need to understand the Latino worldview and Latinos that need to adapt to the puzzling complexity of providers and insurers that make up the American health care system
Oscar "Zeta" Acosta : the uncollected works by Oscar Zeta Acosta( )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works gathers unpublished stories, essays, letters, poems and a teleplay written by Acosta (1935-1974), the legendary Chicano attorney, political activist and writer. All of these works were written between the early 1960s and shortly before his mysterious disappearance in Mazatlan, Mexico, in 1974"--BOOK JACKET. "Through these writings Acosta reveals a variety of personae: a leader troubled by issues of ethnic, linguistic and cultural identity, a man who saw himself as a Robin Hood of Mexican Americans, an unstable yet genial wanderer who joined Hunter S. Thompson in a search for the American Dream. Acosta realized that democracy is about speaking out, about feeling uncomfortable, about defining others and oneself through the prism of race and history."--BOOK JACKET. "With the publication of Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works, the complete picture of a crucial player in the Chicano Movement - described by others as "our Thomas Aquinas" and by himself as "the Brown Buffalo"--finally emerges."--Jacket
Collected stories : Gimpel the fool to the Letter writer by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of fifty-four short stories, including "Gimpel the Fool," "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," and "The Mirror."
Cesar Chavez : a photographic essay by Ilan Stavans( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 1,175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combines archival photographs of Cesar Chavez and the people with whom he worked with information about his life and accomplishments
Collected stories : One night in Brazil to The death of Methuselah by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of short stories, including "Brother Beetle" and "The Jew from Babylon" along with ten previously unpublished stories
Collected stories : a friend of Kafka to Passions by Isaac Bashevis Singer( Book )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of sixty-five short stories
Growing up Latino : memoirs and stories( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive collection of Latino writing of fiction and nonfiction works in English
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Art and anger : essays on politics and the imagination
Art and anger : essays on politics and the imaginationWith all thine heart : love and the BibleJosé Vasconcelos : the prophet of raceGabriel García Márquez : the early yearsThe Norton anthology of Latino literatureThe poetry of Pablo NerudaBorder cultureThe scroll and the cross : 1,000 years of Jewish-Hispanic literature
Alternative Names
Ilan Stavans lexicograaf uit Mexico

Ilan Stavans mexikanischer Schriftsteller, Übersetzer, Journalist, Literaturkritiker und Linguist

Stavans, Ilan

Stavchansky, Ilan

Stavchansky, Ilan 1961-

ايلان ستايڤانس

イラン・スタバンス メキシコ系アメリカ人のエッセイスト、文化評論家、言語学者、辞典編纂者、翻訳家、教育者、そしてスパングリッシュ研究の権威としても知られる人物

スタバンス, イラン



English (341)

Spanish (38)

Chinese (2)

Hebrew (2)

French (1)