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

ByOlaf Kaltmeier

part Part I|256 pages

Literature and music in the Americas

chapter 1|6 pages


Literature and music in the Americas
ByWilfried Raussert, Giselle Liza Anatol

chapter 2|14 pages

African-descendant Literatures

ByAnja Bandau, Christoph Singler

chapter 3|8 pages


ByAnne M. Martínez

chapter 4|9 pages

Children’s literature

ByAnn González, Giselle Liza Anatol

chapter 5|11 pages


ByJohn Carlos Rowe

chapter 6|10 pages

Crónicas and new journalism

ByAnadeli Bencomo

chapter 7|11 pages


ByLisa Jo Sagolla

chapter 8|13 pages

Foundational discourses

ByGabriele Pisarz Ramirez

chapter 9|11 pages

Graphic novels

ByIsabel Maurer Queipo, Lukas Etter

chapter 10|11 pages

Indigenous literatures

ByChristina Ann Roberts, Earl E. Fitz

chapter 11|15 pages

Life writing

ByMaryemma Graham, Mercedes Lucero

chapter 12|11 pages

Magical realism and the fantastic

ByArndt Lainck, Enrique Rodrigues Moura

chapter 13|9 pages

Migration literature

ByMiriam Brandel, Luz Angélica Kirschner

chapter 14|14 pages

Modernism and postmodernisms

ByWilfried Raussert, Tim Lantz, Joachim Michael

chapter 15|12 pages

Plantation literature

ByGiselle Liza Anatol, Tamara L. Falicov

chapter 16|11 pages

Popular music flows

ByNigel A. Campbell, Wilfried Raussert, Meagan Sylvester, Lisa Tomlinson

chapter 17|10 pages

Protest music

ByMaría del Carmen de la Peza, Michael Stewart Foley

chapter 18|12 pages

Public intellectuals

ByCatherine Leen, Niamh Thornton

chapter 19|11 pages


ByGerardo Gutiérrez Cham

chapter 20|13 pages

Slave narratives

ByGiselle Liza Anatol, Wilfried Raussert, Joachim Michael

chapter 21|13 pages

Trauma Literature in the Americas

ByMarta Caminero Santangelo, Joachim Michael

chapter 22|9 pages

Travel writing

ByAstrid Haas

chapter 23|10 pages


ByAndrea Krafft

part Part II|208 pages

Media and Visual Cultures

chapter 24|12 pages


Inter-American Studies on Media and Communication
BySebastian Thies, José Carlos Lozano, Sarah Corona

chapter 25|13 pages


BySebastian Thies

chapter 26|11 pages


ByJulio Cuevas, Sebastian Thies

chapter 27|10 pages

Cultural industries

ByRodrigo Gómez, José Carlos Lozano

chapter 28|11 pages

Digital Cultures

ByEdgar Gómez Cruz, Ignacio Siles

chapter 29|6 pages

Freedom of Expression and Censorship

ByGabriela Gómez Rodríguez, Frida V. Rodelo

chapter 30|11 pages

Indigenous Media Production

ByNadja Lobensteiner, Sebastian Thies

chapter 31|6 pages

Intellectual property

ByStuart Davis

chapter 32|11 pages


ByJesús Arroyave

chapter 33|8 pages

Latino Media

ByJuan Piñón

chapter 34|10 pages

Media consumption

ByDavid González Hernández

chapter 35|11 pages

Media flows

ByJosé Carlos Lozano, Francisco Hernández Lomelí

chapter 36|9 pages

Media participation

BySummer Harlow

chapter 37|12 pages


ByWilfried Raussert

chapter 38|9 pages


ByCitlalli González Ponce

chapter 39|8 pages

Public media

ByLenin Martell, Antonio Calderón

chapter 40|8 pages


ByInés Cornejo Portugal

chapter 41|5 pages

Social Media

ByGabriel Pérez Salazar

chapter 42|9 pages


ByJoseph Straubhaar, Jeremiah Spence

chapter 43|9 pages


ByGabriel Moreno Esparza

chapter 44|6 pages

Video games

ByAntonio Corona

chapter 45|11 pages

Visual cultures

BySarah Corona Berkin, Sebastian Thies