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This critical introduction frames the content of South Atlantic Review's 2020 special issue on the work of Lorraine M. Lopez. The introductory essay provides a literature review of the scholarship on Lopez's fiction, placing her work in context of current Latinx and feminist literary studies. The authors argue that her writings purposefully evade categorization, supporting a theme of her stories: the importance of exploring personal identity beyond the limits of cultural expectation. The essay calls for further study of Lopez's fiction since it so boldly dissects the conditions of contemporary life.


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  • DPLA rights
    • South Atlantic Review

  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Publisher
    • South Atlantic Review

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Author Biography:

      Tanya Long Bennett is professor of English at University of North Georgia, where she has taught since 2001. She is currently editing Critical Essays on the Writings of Lillian Smith for University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming in 2021. Previous publications include a monograph on the novels of Lee Smith and articles on the fiction of Lorraine López and Ana Castillo. She has also published two open education resources for first year composition textbooks with the University of North Georgia Press.

      Book or Journal Information:

      "A Note from the Guest Editors." Co-written with Cameron Williams Crawford, Donna A. Gessell, and Laura J. Getty. South Atlantic Review, Special Issue: Lorraine Lopez, vol. 85, no. 1, March 2020, pp. 7-13.