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Puerto Rican Cultural Identity And The Work Of Luis Rafael S Nchez

Author : John Perivolaris
ISBN : 0807892726
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book undertakes the most comprehensive and theoretically rigorous examination to date of Luis Rafael S¡nchez's work in the context of cultural politics in Puerto Rico, and of the international and regional dimensions of S¡nchez's work in relation to
Category: Literary Criticism

Essaying The Puerto Rican Nation

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ISBN : OCLC:808632515
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Identity - national and cultural - forms the thematic backbone of the Puerto Rican essay canon. When reading this canon it seems that this island "nation" suffers from insularism and docility, to cite its most famous essayists. Yet a new zeitgeist arrives on the essay scene in the 1980s that contests this narrative. This dissertation examines how José Luis González, Luis Rafael Sánchez and Ana Lydia Vega "talk back" to the essay canon. They restore overlooked members of the nation who are linked to popular culture(s) in this study: Afro-Puerto Ricans, circular migrants and women. With this inclusivity, the essay form changes, especially with Sánchez and Vega. Therefore, I am attentive to both politics and aesthetics as these essayists challenge racist, elitist and sexist ideas. This intervention, associated with postmodernism with two essayists, allows for new subjectivities to emerge. In Chapter One, José Luis González initiates this aperture with "El país de cuatro pisos" as he denounces what Michel Foucault calls "sources of power" in order to incorporate the Afro-Puerto Rican. Read from a perspective of power and representation this essay succeeds at challenging racism but falls short in representing the popular Afro-Puerto Rican. The second chapter examines how Luis Rafael Sánchez's essay "La guagua aérea" disrupts the tenor of previous essayists with an image of a working class and diasporic nation. Interpreted as a theatrical text, I explore how Sánchez undoes "Puerto Rican docility" and the authoritarian voices of previous essayists. Concepts of détour, retour and oraliture inform the analysis of the "thresholds" in this essay. The final chapter examines how Ana Lydia Vega shuns the metaphors of González and Sánchez and brings the essay back to a local front. With two essays "Vegetal" and "De bípeda desplumada a Escritora Puertorriqueña (con E y P machúsculas)" I examine how she questions patriarchal and hegemonic discourses. Vega effectively unravels traditional essayistic forms and voices with "polyrhythmic" essays that imitate popular musical structures. I conclude with recent essayists Carlos Pabón and Rubén Ríos Ávila demonstrating how the metanarrative of nationhood continues to disintegrate, but without popular culture as a creative or symbolic force.

Latin American Postmodernisms

Author : Richard A. Young
ISBN : 9042002506
Genre : Social Science
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The first essays in this volume locate Latin America within the postmodernism debate by addressing both its position in the theory of the postmodern and the peripheral existence of the continent in light of the globalizing practices of the contemporary world. The next essays focus on the Caribbean and elements of the formation of identity and culture in a group of societies belonging to the same geographic region but confronted with the idiosyncrasies of their colonial histories, the problematics of race and language, and their relation to the politics and cultures of metropolitan powers. There are three essays concerned with re-readings of the first encounters between Europe and America and discussions of more recent fictional representations of the past which attempt to recover the lost Amerindian Other of the Conquest and Colonization and to reveal the constructedness of History. Finally, preceded by two texts on ways of reading and writing in Latin America, the final four essays are concerned with challenges to the discourses of power by Latin American women who re-define the subject and counter the established hegemonies of religion, culture, and social structure both in their writing and political actions. As a collection of essays, this volume will appeal to readers who are interested in Post-modernism as a global phenomenon and in understanding the different forms it takes and the issues it addresses in different cultural environments.
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Encyclopedia Of Latin American Literature

Author : Verity Smith
ISBN : 9781135314248
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A comprehensive, encyclopedic guide to the authors, works, and topics crucial to the literature of Central and South America and the Caribbean, the Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature includes over 400 entries written by experts in the field of Latin American studies. Most entries are of 1500 words but the encyclopedia also includes survey articles of up to 10,000 words on the literature of individual countries, of the colonial period, and of ethnic minorities, including the Hispanic communities in the United States. Besides presenting and illuminating the traditional canon, the encyclopedia also stresses the contribution made by women authors and by contemporary writers. Outstanding Reference Source Outstanding Reference Book
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Puerto Rico

Author : José Luis González
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173000605108
Genre : History
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"Controversial, much commented on interpretation of Puerto Rican culture is written by a well-known writer and social critic who insists on importance of the African roots of the Puerto Rican nation and of the mestizos. Includes chapters on Puerto Rican l
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Ethnography And The City

Author : Richard E. Ocejo
ISBN : 9781135766276
Genre : Social Science
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The only collection of its kind on the market, this reader gathers the work of some of the most esteemed urban ethnographers in sociology and anthropology. Broken down into sections that cover key aspects of ethnographic research, Ethnography and the City will expose readers to important works in the field, while also guiding students to the study of method as they embark on their own work.
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Listening To Salsa

Author : Frances R. Aparicio
ISBN : 9780819569943
Genre : Music
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Winner of the MLA's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book published in English in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and culture (1999) For Anglos, the pulsing beats of salsa, merengue, and bolero are a compelling expression of Latino/a culture, but few outsiders comprehend the music's implications in larger social terms. Frances R. Aparicio places this music in context by combining the approaches of musicology and sociology with literary, cultural, Latino, and women's studies. She offers a detailed genealogy of Afro-Caribbean music in Puerto Rico, comparing it to selected Puerto Rican literary texts, then looks both at how Latinos/as in the US have used salsa to reaffirm their cultural identities and how Anglos have eroticized and depoliticized it in their adaptations. Aparicio's detailed examination of lyrics shows how these songs articulate issues of gender, desire, and conflict, and her interviews with Latinas/os reveal how they listen to salsa and the meanings they find in it. What results is a comprehensive view "that deploys both musical and literary texts as equally significant cultural voices in exploring larger questions about the power of discourse, gender relations, intercultural desire, race, ethnicity, and class."
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Caribbean Abstracts

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ISBN : UTEXAS:059172143727365
Genre : Caribbean Area
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Category: Caribbean Area