Talk:United States of Banana

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Propose merge[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
Following this discussion, the pages were not merged. Cnilep (talk) 01:24, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

I can find only four mentions of the book United States of Banana in reviews in scholarly or news media, one in English and three in Spanish. Although this review in the Sun-Sentinel is fairly in-depth, the others are focused either on Giannina Braschi or on contemporary fiction more broadly. I don't think that the book satisfies the guideline Wikipedia:Notability (books). Braschi, however, appears to be notable per Wikipedia:Notability (people) (either under "Creative professionals" or "Any biography"). Therefore, I suggest that United States of Banana should become a section of the Giannina Braschi page. Cnilep (talk) 06:55, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

The book has been widely featured on Spanish and Latin American news stations and is taught at universities throughout the USA in the Humanities. It has also been the subject of Festivals and Academic conferences such as Library of Congress National Book Festival, PEN World Voices Festival, Modern Language Association, American Studies Association, etc. The Associated Press has also done a story on it. Perhaps, a wider list of resources needs to be added, rather than a merge into another article.

In response to your suggestion, rather than merge articles I added the news sources such as Associated Press, EFE European News Agency, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others which document the book's impact in the Hispanic literature field. The work has been featured on TV news programs in NY, Miami, and Puerto Rico. It is taught in universities and graduate schools and is the subject of national festivals and academic conferences which I added (i.e, 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival, 2012 PEN World Voices Festival, 2013 Modern Language Association, American Studies Association, etc. Thanks for suggestions on how to improve this article. LatinCultureTodat (talk) 07:38, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for all your hard work. The page is looking pretty good. Let's see if anyone else comments, but if no one does, I'm happy to leave both articles where they are. Cnilep (talk) 08:56, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Propose merge? Why, there are plenty of sources in the Hispanic News and the US Global news to support the statements here. Keep the article in place, as students will likely benefit from it in their coursework. Ramona1978 (talk) 15:04, 16 April 2013 (UTC)


The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Format of references[edit]

I have used the templates {{Cite news}} or {{Cite web}} to format some of the references on this page. But several of the references are too vague for me to understand what the intended source is (e.g. "Cristina Garrigos, The Evergreen Review, New York, 2011." does not give the title of the review [if it was a review], or which issue [the Evergreen Review appears to publish bi-monthly] it appeared in). I have therefore added a "Format footnotes" tag to the article so that other editors may help with clean-up. Cnilep (talk) 02:48, 12 April 2013 (UTC)