Exploring the culture and media of the Americas, this handbook places particular emphasis on collective and intertwined experiences and focuses on the transnational or hemispheric dimensions of cultural flows and geocultural imaginaries that shape the literature, arts, media and other cultural expressions in the Americas.

The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas charts the pervasive, asymmetrical flows of cultural products and capital and their importance in the development of the Americas. The volume offers a comprehensive understanding of how inter-American communication is constituted, framed and structured, and covers the artistic and political dimensions that have shaped literature, art and popular culture in the region. Forty-six chapters cover a range of inter-American key concepts and dynamics, divided into two parts:

  • Literature and Music deals with inter-American entanglements of artistic expressions in the Western Hemisphere, including music, dance, literary genres and developments.
  • Media and Visual Cultures explores the inter-American dimension of media production in the hemisphere, including cinema and television, photography and art, journalism, radio, digital culture and issues such as freedom of expression and intellectual property.

This multidisciplinary approach will be of interest to a broad array of academic scholars and students in history, sociology, political science; and cultural, postcolonial, gender, literary, globalization and media studies.

chapter |14 pages

General introduction

part I|256 pages

Literature and music in the Americas

chapter 1|6 pages


Literature and music in the Americas

chapter 3|8 pages


chapter 5|11 pages


chapter 6|10 pages

Crónicas and new journalism

chapter 7|11 pages


chapter 8|13 pages

Foundational discourses

chapter 9|11 pages

Graphic novels

chapter 11|15 pages

Life writing

chapter 18|12 pages

Public intellectuals

chapter 19|11 pages


chapter 22|9 pages

Travel writing

chapter 23|10 pages


part II|208 pages

Media and Visual Cultures

chapter 24|12 pages


Inter-American Studies on Media and Communication

chapter 25|13 pages


chapter 26|11 pages


chapter 27|10 pages

Cultural industries

chapter 28|11 pages

Digital Cultures

chapter 31|6 pages

Intellectual property

chapter 32|11 pages


chapter 33|8 pages

Latino Media

chapter 34|10 pages

Media consumption

chapter 36|9 pages

Media participation

chapter 37|12 pages


chapter 38|9 pages


chapter 39|8 pages

Public media

chapter 40|8 pages


chapter 41|5 pages

Social Media

chapter 42|9 pages


chapter 43|9 pages


chapter 44|6 pages

Video games

chapter 45|11 pages

Visual cultures