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Professor Roberto Cantú

Latin American Literature

California State University, Los Angeles



Roberto Cantú is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous publications on Latin American, Mexican American, Mexican, and Mesoamerican literatures.

He is the editor of The Forked Juniper: Critical Perspectives on Rudolfo Anaya (2016); Equestrian Rebels: Critical Perspectives on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution (2016); The Reptant Eagle: Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel (2015); The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination (2014); An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism (2013), and of Tradition and Innovation in Mesoamerican Cultural History (2011, co-edited with Aaron Sonnenschein).

Roberto also edited the bilingual edition (English/Spanish) of La raza cόsmica, by José Vasconcelos (1979), and translated José Antonio Villarreal’s novel Pocho from English to Spanish (1995). He is the recipient of California State University, Los Angeles' 1990 Outstanding Professor Award, and of the 2010 President’s Distinguished Professor Award.