Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures

Chiricú Journal (ISSN 0277-7223, e-ISSN 2472-4521) is a new, cutting-edge, peer-reviewed journal in Latinx studies launched by the Indiana University Press in conjunction with the Latino Studies Program at IU. The biannual publication (fall and spring) is dedicated to expanding the diversity of approaches to critical engagement with the field: the journal’s unique hybrid format showcases traditional forms of scholarship alongside unconventional methods such as creative fiction and non-fiction, interview, memoir, and photography and the plastic arts. Currently in its second year of production, the journal has been selected to be part of the Project Muse Premium Collection. Past issues have featured work by prominent Latinx studies scholars and artists such as Edmundo Desnoes, Gabriel Meléndez, Alex Rivera, Ilan Stavans, Héctor Tobar, John Valadez, and Ana Celia Zentella. Learn more about the journal at Submissions for publication are welcomed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

For our second issue of 2017, our journal played host to an exchange about the language politics of "Latinx" and uses of the "x" signifier more broadly. Several scholars across the US mainland and Puerto Rico participated in this conversation. The entire exchange can be found here.

To view current and past issues, visit the Chiricu on JSTOR and Project MUSE Premium Collection.

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Vox Latinx: Literature and Politics in the Twenty-first Century

Amanda M. Smith, Issue Editor

Alfredo Franco, Creative Editor

John Nieto-Phillips, Editor


Reexamines Latinx literatures in relation to our current political moment. The resurgence of white supremacist groups, the politics of immigration, and national advocacy by and for DREAMers and the DACAmented bring urgency to the reading, analysis, and teaching of Latinx literature. Considers how Latinx literary voices from any time period shed light on contemporary U.S. politics. How have Latinx authors responded to vocabularies of inclusion, exclusion, or (be)longing? How have they shaped notions of citizenship, nation, borders, homeland, and identity? 

Topics may include:

  • Citizenship, political activism, and ARTivism
  • Community, nostalgia, longing, and belonging
  • Multilingual and translingual narratives
  • Translation and untranslatability
  • Borders, migration, and exile
  • Nations and post-nationalism
  • Cultural and literary history
  • Literary and artistic networks
  • Genres, including: poetry, flash fiction, short story, autobiography, young adult fiction, science fiction, autoficción, graphic novels
  • Recovered texts
  • Approaches to teaching Latinx literature

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