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Hispanic Studies and Spanish Language

An introduction to Hispanic Studies resources at UMSL Libraries, including Spanish language learning materials.

Text: Hispanic Studies and Spanish Language. Background: World map highlighting Spanish-speaking countries.


This guide offers an introduction to Hispanic Studies resources at UMSL Libraries. It is intended as a starting point for your research, rather than a comprehensive guide to all library materials. Undergraduate and new graduate students may find this guide particularly useful.

Navigate using the left-side tabs. You will find help with:

  • Introductory resources and background information
  • Resources for Spanish language learners
  • Research strategies for locating books and articles in Spanish and English, including database links
  • Spanish language news
  • Citations

You are invited to contact the library at any time with questions about searching for / accessing resources! Purchase recommendations are welcome from UMSL faculty, staff, and students.

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Decolonizing American Spanish

Challenges not only the hegemony of Spain and its colonial pedagogies, but also the characterization of Spanish as a foreign language in the United States. By foregrounding Latin American cultures and local varieties of Spanish and reconceptualizing the foreign as domestic, Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera works to create new conceptual maps, revise inherited ones, and institutionalize marginalized and silenced voices and their stories.

Latino TV

Drawing on archival research, interviews with dozens of media professionals who worked on or performed in these series, textual analysis of episodes and promotional materials, and analysis of news media coverage, Mary Beltrán examines Latina/o representation in everything from children's television Westerns of the 1950s, Chicana/o and Puerto Rican activist-led public affairs series of the 1970s, and sitcoms that spanned half a century, to Latina and Latino-led series in the 2000s and 2010s on broadcast, cable, and streaming outlets, including George Lopez, Ugly Betty, One Day at a Time, and Vida.

El Actual Cine Poético Hispanoamericano E íbero-Peninsular

Explores the shared approach to Spanish and Latin American filmmakers with experimental film practices and strategies of composition and links these to a tradition of cinematic modernity that is being critically re-assessed by these filmmakers. By adopting a decidedly transnational perspective, the author investigates the distinctive elements of contemporary poetic cinematographic productions that shape present-day Hispanic art house cinematic productions. Thus, the book reassesses the notion of poetic cinema as an interstitial film practice.

Javier Marías: 50 años de Literatura (1971-2021)

A comprehensive selection of critical perspectives revitalizes existing lines of inquiry through profoundly novel approaches. Established scholarly thinking is given renewed worth and new paths are cleared and explored. A series of indispensable perspectives are used to analyse his work in novel ways, ranging from ambiguity and uncertainty to ethics and responsibility, through vision and hermeneutics, whilst hitherto ignored extra-literary aspects, such as his teaching and editorial work, allow a comprehensive and nuanced picture to emerge.