The Benson Latin American Collection

Juan Bruce-Novoa Papers, 1973-1980s

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bruce-Novoa, 1944-
Title: Juan Bruce-Novoa Papers
Dates: 1973-1980s
Abstract: Literary manuscripts and recordings of author Juan Bruce-Novoa.
OCLC Record No.: 22946235
Extent: 4 linear feet and 24 cassette tapes
Language: English
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Writer and critic; born in Costa Rica in 1944, full name Juan David Bruce-Novoa. Received PhD. from University of Colorado, 1974; taught at Yale University 1974-1983, and in Mainz, Germany 1983-1984 as Fulbright scholar. Also taught at Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Trinity University, San Antonio (Tex.); Univ. of California, Irvine. Known for his essays on Mexican and Mexican American literature, short stories, and poetry. His poetry collection Inocencia perversa=Perverse innocence was published in 1977; books on Chicano literature published in 1980, 1982, 1989.

Scope and Contents Note

Organized into two series: 1. Literary productions, and 2. Audio tapes. Literary productions are organized into five subseries: Books, Poetry, Short stories, Translations, and Essays.

Collection consists of Bruce-Novoa's literary manuscripts, notes, interviews, and recordings of lectures, discussions and readings. Literary manuscripts include poetry, short stories, essays, and literary criticism. Interviews conducted by Bruce-Novoa are of Mexican American writers Alurista, Rudolfo Anaya, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Abelardo Delgado, Tomás Rivera, Ricardo Sánchez, Nash Candelaria, and others. Participants in lectures and discussions on tape include Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, Carlota Cárdenas, Carlos Morton, Felipe Ortego, and others. Books for which there are manuscripts include Inocencia perversa=Perverse innocence, Chicano authors: inquiry by interview; Chicano poetry: a response to chaos, and Retrospace: collected essays on Chicano literature. Short autobiographical pieces are also included.


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Index Terms

The Juan Bruce-Novoa Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Subjects (Persons)
Abelardo, 1931-2004.
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Bruce-Novoa, 1944-
Cervantes, Lorna Dee.
Elizondo, Sergio D.
García Ponce, Juan
Hinojosa, Rolando.
Rivera, Tomás, 1935-1984.
Sánchez, Ricardo, 1941-
Trambley, Estela Portillo, 1936-
American poetry--Mexican American authors--History and criticism.
Mexican American authors.
Mexican literature--20th century--History and criticism.
American literature--Mexican American authors--History and criticism.
Mexican American literature (Spanish)--History and criticism.
Other Authors
Candelaria, Nash.
Dwyer, Carlota Cárdenas de.
Morton, Carlos.
Ortego y Gasca, Philip D.
Sánchez, Ricardo, 1941-
Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás, 1938-

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Juan Bruce-Novoa Papers, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Literary Productions

1 Books
Chicano Authors: Inquiry by Interview
Interviews with authors, transcriptions or written answers to questionnaire. Includes some accompanying correspondence.
1 Anaya, Rudolfo
2 Arias, Ron
3 Candelaria, Nash
4 De Hoyos, Angela
5 Delgado, Abelardo
6 Elizondo, Sergio D.
7 Hinojosa, Rolando
8 Méndez, Miguel
9 Montoya, José
10 Rechy, John
11 Rivera, Tomás
12 Sánchez, Ricardo
13 Villanueva, Tino
14 Villareal, José Antonio
15 Zavola, Bernice
Box Folder
2 1-11 Draft and galley proofs
3 Chicano Poetry: A Response to Chaos
1-3 Holograph manuscript
4 Final draft typescript & galley proofs (manuscript box)
4 La Sombra del Caudillo: versión periodistica
Book by Martín Luis Guzmán with introduction by Juan Bruce-Novoa (1987). Number 1,119 out of 2,000 copies printed in the first run.
1 Printed copy, 1987
2 Clipping (xerox copy)
3 Computer print-out
Antología Retrospectiva del Cuento Chicano
Book co-edited with José Guillermo Saavedra (1988).
4 Printed copy, 1988
5 Manuscript of introduction
6-7 Retrospace: Collected Essays on Chicano Literature (1989)
5 Poetry
1 Inocencia Perversa = Perverse Innocence, circa 1977
2 Published poems
3 Unpublished poems
Short stories
4 Published stories
5 Unpublished stories
6-8 Translations
6 Essays
1 Literary Criticism I
"Literatura chicana: respuesta al caos" (manuscript with corrections)
"Review of Sebastian, un ensayo sobre arte contemporáneo " (manuscript with corrections)
Reseña de Arthur G. Pettit, Images of the Mexican American in Fiction and Film ("Los deprimientes puentes fronterizos") (manuscript with corrections))
"Review of A Decade of Chicano Literature" (manuscript)
"Art and the Zodiac: Sebastian in 82" (manuscript, draft)
"José Agustín: La Onda as Parody and Satire" (manuscript and prospectus)
"Julieta Campos' Sabina, a feminist text" (manuscripts with corrections)
"Carlos Castañeda: The Chicano Connection" (typescript)
"Chicanos in the Web of the Spider Trickster" (typescript)
2 Literary Criticism II
"Mexican Prose Fiction" (typescript)
"Life in a Cube: Arnaldo Coen" (typescript with corrections)
"Fear and Loathing on the Buffalo Trail" (typescript with corrections)
"Review of José Luis Cuevas" (manuscript)
"Juan García Ponce y la ficción empírica" (manuscript, draft, with corrections)
"Elegías a la frontera hispánica" (manuscript)
"En torno a Miguel Méndez" (manuscript, first and second drafts)
3 Literary Criticism III
"La crítica chicana de Luis Leal" (manuscript with corrections)
"Mexico City in Three Contemporary Painters" (manuscript, first and second drafts)
"Latin American Theater Festival" (manuscript)
Review of Lorna Dee Cervantes' Emplumada (manuscript)
"Right the Oral Tradition -- Miguel Méndez and Rolando Hinojosa" (typescript)
"Martin Luis Guzmán: un retrato de Diego Rivera" (manuscript and translation)
4 Literary Criticism IV
Biographical notes for Mexican newspaper
"Hispanic Literature in the U.S." (typescript)
"Eroticism in the Contemporary Mexican Novel" (original typescript)
"Elena Poniatowska: the Feminist Origins of Commitment" (manuscript, first and second drafts, and typescript with marginalia by Annette Kolodny)
"Review of The Final Island" (typescript)
5 Literary Criticism V
"Deslinde del espacio literario chicano: superficie y fondo" (original typescript; original version; never published as an article)
"El deslinde del espacio literario chicano" (manuscript and typescript; new article with old title)
"Review of Nuevos Pasos" (manuscript)
6-7 Reseñas (reviews)
8-9 Articles on Art
Box Folder
7 1-12 Articles on Chicano Literature
Box Folder
8 1-2 Articles on Chicano Literature
3-10 Articles on Mexican Literature

Audio tapes

*Audio tapes with an asterisk (*) are to be accessed using the digitized audio file to preserve the original tapes from damage.
Box Audio
9 1* Alurista responds to questionnaire
2-3* Anaya, Rudy responds to questionnaire
4-5 Bruce-Novoa Lectures at Yale: 1. "Trip Through the Mind Jail" and Yo soy Joaquín, 1974
6 Bruce-Novoa recording from the Archive of Hispanic Literature, 1979
7 Cervantes, Lorna Dee interview, 1974
8 Cervantes, Lorna Dee interview, 1978
9 Chicano Literature Roundtable at Yale, 1974
Participants: Tino Villanueva, Carlos Morton, Phillip Ortego, and Bruce-Novoa
10-11 Conference at Las Vegas, New Mexico, 1974
Lectures by Tomás Ybarra-Fausto, Carlota Cárdenas, and Don Castro. Also, a final panel discussion with all participants.
12 Elizondo, Sergio D. responds to questionnaire, 1975
13-14 Montoya, José interview in New Haven, Connecticut
15 Rivera, Tomás talk at University of Colorado, 1974
16-17 Rivera, Tomás interview in San Antonio
18 Sánchez, Ricardo talk at Las Vegas, New Mexico, 1974
19-22 Sánchez, Ricardo conversations and readings at Yale, 1974
23-24 Trambley, Estela Portillo interview
Box Audio
10 1-3 Digitized copies of audio tapes