Jackson, Richard L. 1937-
JACKSON, Richard L. 1937-
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Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, professor emeritus.
The Black Image in Latin-American Literature, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 1976.
The Afro-Spanish American Author: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1980.
The Afro-Spanish American Author II: The 1980s: An Annotated Bibliography of Recent Criticism, Locust Hill Press (West Cornwall, CT), 1989.
Black Writers and the Hispanic Canon, Twayne Publishers (New York, NY), 1997.
Black Writers and Latin America: Cross-Cultural Affinities, Howard University Press (Washington, DC), 1998.
Richard L. Jackson has contributed to a body of scholarly work on Afro-Latin American authors and their thematic concerns. From early studies on depiction of black characters in white Latin American literature, Jackson moved to considerations of African-descended Latin-American novelists and poets, with emphasis on their sense of humanism and cultural authenticity. In Hispania, Clementine C. Rabassa noted that Jackson's work "may be regarded as a comprehensive reflection of the trajectory and scope that defines the relatively new area of literary criticism dealing with prose fiction and poetry by or about Spanish-speaking black writers."
In a Choice review of Black Writers and Latin America: Cross-Cultural Affinities, M. S. Arrington, Jr. concluded that Jackson's book "lays the groundwork for much future research on this expansive topic." Richard K. Barksdale in World Literature Today commented that Jackson's "historical and critical assessment of Latin America's major black writers is an excellent contribution to the field of Afro-Hispanic Studies."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Choice, December, 1989, L. Hallewell, review of The Afro-Spanish American Author II: The 1980s: An Annotated Bibliography of Recent Criticism, p. 612; November, 1999, M. S. Arrington, Jr., review of Black Writers and Latin America: Cross-Cultural Affinities, p. 530.
Hispania, September, 1981, Clementine C. Rabassa, review of The Afro-Spanish American Author: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism, pp. 480-481.
Modern Fiction Studies, winter, 1978, Patricia M. Pacifico, review of The Black Image in Latin-American Literature, pp. 699-703; summer, 1981, Gerald Guinness, review of Black Writers in Latin America, pp. 419-423; summer, 1989, Edna L. Steeves, review of Black Literature and Humanism in Latin America, pp. 310-312.
World Literature Today, autumn, 1977, Charles M. Tatum, review of The Black Image in Latin-American Literature, pp. 598-599; winter, 1981, Richard K. Barksdale, review of Black Writers in Latin America, pp. 72-73.*