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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10 Political PARTPART IIII and Historical 4 Anarchism in the Work of Aurora Levins Morales 107 FERDÂFERDÂ ASYAASYA 5 Puerto Rican Literature in a New Clave: Notes on the Emergence of DiaspoRican 125 WILLIAMWILLIAM BURGOSBURGOS 6 The ...
These patterns shed light not only on years of political, social, and economic ties between the island and the United States but also on the ways in which, historically, these relationships have complicated notions of cultural identity ...
Rodríguez classifies the waves of Puerto Rican migration into three specific periods that illustrate the historical context and causes for leaving the island as well as the political and economic relationships between Puerto Rico and ...
Founded or operated by political exiles, such as Sotero Figueroa and Pachín Marín, most of these newspapers devoted much of their editorial content to the revolutionary struggles for independence. However, like the Hispanic immigrant ...
The autodenominated Nuyorican poets' incursion onto the literary scene during this period was initially marked by explosive social protest poems (e.g., Pedro Pietri's “Puerto Rican Obituary”) that were influenced by political unrest but ...
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