The Many Voices of the Los Angeles Novel
As this volume shows, Los Angeles novels changed greatly beginning in the 1960s as the population of the city became multi-national. For decades, Latino/as have written critical novels of resistance about LA, and, in the 1970s, their novels came of age while influenced by South American magical realism. The book also highlights that African-Americans have authored brilliant Los Angeles fiction for a number of years, while women transformed novels dealing with Hollywood, detectives, and science fiction. In addition, LGBTQ writers—both Anglos and Chicano/as—have created innovative works, while men’s novels that explored 20th century class conflicts have been recently rediscovered.
Julia Stein is an oral historian of Los Angeles. She has published five books of poetry, two anthologies of poetry, and co-authored the book Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World. She has also published journalism for decades and was an English professor at Santa Monica College, USA.
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