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By Mario T. García

Professor Luis Leal is without doubt one of the most eminent students of Mexican, Latin American, and Chicano literatures and the dean of Mexican American intellectuals within the usa. He used to be one of many first senior students to acknowledge the viability and value of Chicano literature, and, via his perceptive literary feedback, helped to legitimize it as a precious box of analysis. His contributions to humanistic studying have introduced him many honors, together with Mexico's Aquila Azteca and the us' nationwide Humanities Medal.

In this testimonio or oral historical past, Luis Leal displays upon his formative years in Mexico, his highbrow formation at Northwestern collage and the collage of Chicago, and his paintings and courses as a student on the Universities of Illinois and California, Santa Barbara. via insightful questions, Mario García attracts out the connections among literature and heritage which have been a main concentration of Leal's paintings. He additionally elicits Leal's evaluation of the various well-liked writers he has identified and studied, together with Mariano Azuela, William Faulkner, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Tomás Rivera, Rolando Hinojosa, Rudolfo Anaya, Elena Poniatowska, Sandra Cisneros, Richard Rodríguez, and Ana Castillo.

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