Writing Off the Hyphen: New Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Jose L. Torres-Padilla, Carmen Haydee Rivera
University of Washington Press, Dec 1, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
The sixteen essays in Writing Off the Hyphen approach the literature of the Puerto Rican diaspora from current theoretical positions, with provocative and insightful results. The authors analyze how the diasporic experience of Puerto Ricans is played out in the context of class, race, gender, and sexuality and how other themes emerging from postcolonialism and postmodernism come into play. Their critical work also demonstrates an understanding of how the process of migration and the relations between Puerto Rico and the United States complicate notions of cultural and national identity as writers confront their bilingual, bicultural, and transnational realities.
The collection has considerable breadth and depth. It covers earlier, undertheorized writers such as Luisa Capetillo, Pedro Juan Labarthe, Bernardo Vega, Pura Belpré, Arturo Schomburg, and Graciany Miranda Archilla. Prominent writers such as Rosario Ferré and Judith Ortiz Cofer are discussed alongside often-neglected writers such as Honolulu-based Rodney Morales and gay writer Manuel Ramos Otero. The essays cover all the genres and demonstrate that current theoretical ideas and approaches create exciting opportunities and possibilities for the study of Puerto Rican diasporic literature.
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... fiction: Nilda (1973), El Bronx Remembered (1975), In Nueva York (1977), and Rituals of Survival: A Woman's Portfolio (1985).37 Abraham Rodríguez continues the Nuyorican urban narrative tradition with his collection of short stories ...
... delineate the stages of her life in and after Puerto Rico, her experience of migration to the United States, and her acculturation process into Anglo-American society.46 Taking on a more mature narrative perspective and voice, ...
... landscape within the narrative literary space as a function of their own understanding of Puerto Rican translocation and transculturation. In his essay, Víctor Figueroa argues that, despite the celebration of diverse ethnicities in ...
... Puerto Rico and its collective memory for Puerto Ricans and their families both on and off the island while she creates a new center of Puerto Rican identity independent of history and geography—the narrative space of the novel.
It is, therefore, understandable that in their narratives these writers attempted to invoke a critical awareness that warned against rooting one's sense of identity, culture, and values solely in the materialism and hegemonic racial ...
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