SCOPE AND CONTENT
Title: Luis Leal Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1946-1985
Collection number: Special Collections M761
Creator: Leal, Luis, 1907-
67 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
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Gift of Luis Leal, 1989
[Identification of item] Luis Leal Papers, M761, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Luis Leal was born in Linares, Nuevo León, México on 17 September 1907. At the time of the mexican revolution, he emigrated
to the United States, and established his residence in Chicago, where he continued his education.
On september 1936 he married Gladys Clemens. From this marriage they had two sons, Antonio and Luis Alonso.
In 1943 LuisLeal joined the United States Army, and was sent to the Pacific for two years. After his service in the Philippines
at war's end, he continued his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and won his degree in Philosophy and Belles Lettres
In 1951, he served as President of the Chicago Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP),
in 1952 he served as President of the Chicago Society of Romance Language Teachers, and in 1953, as Chairman of a Spanish
section for the South Central Modern Language Association (the SCMLA).
Luis Leal held a number of teaching positions. From Instructor, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the University
of Chicago, University of Illinois, Visiting Professor at UCSB and UCLA, Visiting Professor/Lecturer at the University of
Chicago, University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin, National University of Mexico, Middlebury College, University of
Arizona NDEA Institute, Guadalajara, México, and Stanford Univeristy.
Surrounded by mexican ambience, Doctor Luis Leal lives in Santa Bárbara with his gentle wife. His house like his heart continues
open to share with disciples and friends the literary topics, memories of classrooms and the destiny of man.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Luis Leal papers document the personal and academic activities of a literary historiographer, mexican writer, and critic.
Director of the Research Center for Chicano Studies at U.C. Santa Barbara and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois,
Urbana, Leal has achieved a record of distinction as Professor of Spanish-American literature and has authored numerous books
and hundreds of journal articles dealing with Latin American and Chicano literature. Especially noteworthy articles on Chicano
literature include "Mexican American literature: a historical perspective," and "The problem of identifying Chicano literature."
By the time that Professor Leal began to study Chicano literature, he was one of the most respected critics of Latin American
literature, and in particular the Mexican short story. The prestigious--and unfortunately now defunct--Mexican publishing
house of Andre had published five books of his: Breve historia del cuento mexicano (1956), Antología del cuento mexicano (1957),
Bibliografía del cuento mexicano (1958), Mariano Azuela: vida y obra (1961), and Historia del cuento hispanoamericano (1966).
With these books, and many others published in the United States and Latin America, together with the innumerable articles
and monographs which appeared in all the best academic periodicals, Leal built an admirable body of work, solid and systematic.