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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

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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Dance Between Two Cultures

Author : William Luis
ISBN : 0826513956
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Offers insights on Latino Caribbean writers born or raised in the United States who are at the vanguard of a literary movement that has captured both critical and popular interest. In this groundbreaking study, William Luis analyzes the most salient and representative narrative and poetic works of the newest literary movement to emerge in Spanish American and U.S. literatures. The book is divided into three sections, each focused on representative Puerto Rican American, Cuban American, and Dominican American authors. Luis traces the writers' origins and influences from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing especially on the contemporary works of Oscar Hijuelos, Julia Alvarez, Cristina Garcia, and Piri Thomas, among others. While engaging in close readings of the texts, Luis places them in a broader social, historical, political, and racial perspective to expose the tension between text and context. As a group, Latino Caribbeans write an ethnic literature in English that is born of their struggle to forge an identity separate from both the influences of their parents' culture and those of the United States. For these writers, their parents' country of origin is a distant memory. They have developed a culture of resistance and a language that mediates between their parents' identity and the culture that they themselves live in. Latino Caribbeans are engaged in a metaphorical dance with Anglo Americans as the dominant culture. Just as that dance represents a coming together of separate influences to make a unique art form, so do both Hispanic and North American cultures combine to bring a new literature into being. This new body of literature helps us to understand not only the adjustments Latino Caribbean cultures have had to make within the larger U.S. environment but also how the dominant culture has been affected by their presence.
Category: Literary Criticism

Ethnography And The City

Author : Richard E. Ocejo
ISBN : 9780415808378
Genre : Social Science
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Previously published articles grouped by the issues they raise in matters of procedure and fieldwork, each group preceded by a chapter dealing with these issues.
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Essaying The Puerto Rican Nation

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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.

Caribbean Abstracts

Author : Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Netherlands). Caraïbische Afdeling
ISBN : UOM:39015079642099
Genre : Caribbean Area
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The Columbia Guide To The Latin American Novel Since 1945

Author : Raymond L. Williams
ISBN : 9780231501699
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this expertly crafted, richly detailed guide, Raymond Leslie Williams explores the cultural, political, and historical events that have shaped the Latin American and Caribbean novel since the end of World War II. In addition to works originally composed in English, Williams covers novels written in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and Haitian Creole, and traces the profound influence of modernization, revolution, and democratization on the writing of this era. Beginning in 1945, Williams introduces major trends by region, including the Caribbean and U.S. Latino novel, the Mexican and Central American novel, the Andean novel, the Southern Cone novel, and the novel of Brazil. He discusses the rise of the modernist novel in the 1940s, led by Jorge Luis Borges's reaffirmation of the right of invention, and covers the advent of the postmodern generation of the 1990s in Brazil, the Generation of the "Crack" in Mexico, and the McOndo generation in other parts of Latin America. An alphabetical guide offers biographies of authors, coverage of major topics, and brief introductions to individual novels. It also addresses such areas as women's writing, Afro-Latin American writing, and magic realism. The guide's final section includes an annotated bibliography of introductory studies on the Latin American and Caribbean novel, national literary traditions, and the work of individual authors. From early attempts to synthesize postcolonial concerns with modernist aesthetics to the current focus on urban violence and globalization, The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945 presents a comprehensive, accessible portrait of a thoroughly diverse and complex branch of world literature.
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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
Category: History