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Writing Off the Hyphen : New Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora - Jose L. Torres-Padilla

Writing Off the Hyphen

New Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora

Paperback Published: 15th June 2008
ISBN: 9780295988245
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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 Belpre, Arturo Schomburg, and Graciany Miranda Archilla. Prominent writers such as Rosario Ferre 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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"A comprehensive view of the evolution of U.S. Puerto Rican literature through a number of new critical essays that cover some of its most important themes and trends and include a very good representation of leading authors from different historical periods. Puerto Ricans are the second largest group among the nationalities included under the Hispanic/Latino rubric, and this body of writings, which has grown considerably in recent decades, is important to both U.S. and Puerto Rican literary traditions." Edna Acosta-Belen, University at Albany, State University of New York "Fills in a dearth of critical anthologies on U.S. Puerto Rican literature as well as it foregrounds the critical works of both established and younger scholars in the field. There is no other literary anthology that is timely, up to date, and that brings together such a wide array of topics and approaches that do justice to the complexities of U.S. Puerto Rican literature." Frances R. Aparicio, University of Illinois at Chicago

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and Its Critical Practicep. 1
Earlier Voices
Evolving Identities: Early Puerto Rican Writing in the United States and the Search for a New Puertorriquenidadp. 31
For the Sake of Love: Luisa Capetillo, Anarchy, and Boricua Literary Historyp. 52
When "I" Became Ethnic: Ethnogenesis and Three Early Puerto Rican Diaspora Writersp. 81
Political and Historical
Anarchism in the Work of Aurora Levins Moralesp. 107
Puerto Rican Literature in a New Clave: Notes on the Emergence of DiaspoRicanp. 125
The Political Left and the Development of Nuyorican Poetryp. 143
Identity and Place
Literary Tropicalizations of the Barrio: Ernesto Quinonez's Bodega Dreams and Ed Vega's Mendoza's Dreamsp. 165
Discordant Differences: Strategic Puerto Ricanness in Pedro Pietri's Puerto Rican Obituaryp. 184
"Borinkee" in Hawai'i: Rodney Morales Rides the Diaspora Wave to Transregional Imperial Strugglep. 201
Tato Laviera's Parody of La carreta: Reworking a Tradition of Docilityp. 221
Writing Home: Mapping Puerto Rican Collective Memory in The House on the Lagoonp. 239
Translating "Home" in the Work of Judith Ortiz Coferp. 256
Getting There and Back: The Road, the Journey, and Home in Nuyorican Diaspora Literaturep. 274
Identity of the "Diasporican" Homosexual in the Literary Peripheryp. 295
Manuel Ramos Otero's Queer Metafictional Resurrection of Julia de Burgosp. 313
Subverting the Mainland: Transmigratory Biculturalism in U.S. Puerto Rican Women's Fictionp. 332
Contributorsp. 351
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780295988245
ISBN-10: 029598824X
Series: American Ethnic and Cultural Studies
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 15th June 2008
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52

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