Family Matters

Family Matters

Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland

eBook - 2012
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Adopting a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to Puerto Rican literature, Marisel Moreno juxtaposes narratives by insular and U.S. Puerto Rican women authors in order to examine their convergences and divergences. By showing how these writers use the trope of family to question the tenets of racial and social harmony, an idealized past, and patriarchal authority that sustain the foundational myth of la gran familia, she argues that this metaphor constitutes an overlooked literary contact zone between narratives from both sides. Moreno proposes the recognition of a "transinsular" corpus to reflect the increasingly transnational character of the Puerto Rican population and addresses the need to broaden the literary canon in order to include the diaspora. Drawing on the fields of historiography, cultural studies, and gender studies, the author defies the tendency to examine these literary bodies independently of one another and therefore aims to present a more nuanced and holistic vision of this literature.

Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780813933337
0813933331
0813933315
0813933323
9780813933313
9780813933320
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 232 pages).
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc

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