Department of Hispanic Studies
The University of Houston
416 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3062
Affiliates & Resources
Arte Público Press
Arte Público Press is the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Latina and Latino authors. Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States. Based at the University of Houston, Arte Público Press, Piñata Books, and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts, history, and politics.
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project is a national program to locate, identify, preserve and make accessible the literary contributions of U.S. Hispanics from colonial times through 1960 in what today comprises the fifty states of the Union. The project is under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, founder and director of Arte Público Press, the oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature in the nation.
Spanish travelers early on documented their journeys of exploration through the North American continent. Since then, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and others of Hispanic origin have also recounted their personal stories, passed on their love and traditions, given creative expression to their novels, poetry, plays and other genres inherent to Hispanic traditions. As a result of this project, hundreds of thousands of literary pieces, including essays, autobiographies, diaries, and letters will become accessible to scholars, students and the world at large.
Language Acquisition Center
The mission of the UH Language Acquisition Center of the Department is to support the study of world languages, literatures, and cultures through the integration of technology for student and faculty success.
Located in 311 Agnes Arnold Hall, the Center provides audio, video, and computer facilities and equipment, assists in the preparation of instructional materials, and offers training and consultation to faculty with the application of new instructional technologies.
The Center team works intensively with faculty and teaching fellows in the collection, development, and utilization of audio, video, and computer materials in the Center, the classroom, and in learners' individual study environments. The computer network provides interactive tutorials, word processing capabilities, dictionaries, and Internet access for the study of world languages, literatures, and cultures. The Center maintains a comprehensive collection of educational and cultural films and documentaries.
Calíope: The Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry
Calíope, a critical journal of poetry of Spain and the Americas during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, is published biannually, except for special issues, at Boston University, edited by Julián Olivares, Dept of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston, and is provided to members of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry.