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By Mario T. García

Professor Luis Leal is likely 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 helpful box of research. His contributions to humanistic studying have introduced him many honors, together with Mexico's Aquila Azteca and the USA' nationwide Humanities Medal.

In this testimonio or oral background, Luis Leal displays upon his formative years in Mexico, his highbrow formation at Northwestern college and the college of Chicago, and his paintings and guides as a pupil on the Universities of Illinois and California, Santa Barbara. via insightful questions, Mario García attracts out the connections among literature and background which were a main concentration of Leal's paintings. He additionally elicits Leal's overview of a number of the in demand writers he has recognized 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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