Meet our Authors: Roberto Cantú

Roberto Cantú is Professor Emeritus of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CLS), and jointly Professor Emeritus of English, at California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, and teaches CLS courses in Mexican, Chicana/o, and Mesoamerican literatures. In the English Department he teaches courses in world literature, with an emphasis on the European novel from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries and literary theory. In 1990 Roberto received the Outstanding Professor Award at California State University, and in 2010 he was honoured with the President’s Distinguished Professor Award.

Roberto is the editor of five books with Cambridge Scholars, An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism (2013), The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination (2014), The Reptant Eagle: Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel (2015), Equestrian Rebels: Critical Perspectives on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution (2016), and most recently Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes (2018). He is currently working on his next book, A Scholiast’s Quill: New Critical Essays on Alfonso Reyes.


Roberto explains his reasons for continuing to publish with Cambridge Scholars:

“In 2007 and 2010, I published articles on Mexican poet and essayist Octavio Paz in books released by Cambridge Scholars. Pleased with the CSP’s international distribution and quality of its book production, I made contact in 2012, received a prompt response, and thus began my long-term partnership with a remarkably efficient and editor-friendly staff. Unlike U.S. publishing houses that do most of the work for editors–and thus have a long editorial process (12-18 months)–what I value and appreciate in CSP is the hands-on experience during the editorial process, and the confidence that the manuscript I submit will be under the careful scrutiny of CSP’s extraordinary staff with their different but convergent duties, from proofreading and typesetting to the design and art work on the book’s cover. Working with CSP staff on several book projects has been motivating and enormously gratifying.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Roberto’s latest book, Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes. The book contains a full-length introduction and eleven essays written exclusively for this volume by scholars in the field of literary criticism, folklore, and critical race theory, and who are renowned authorities on the work of Américo Paredes. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 12th August 2018.

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