Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico

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Overview

One-third of the population of Puerto Rico moved to New York City during the mid-twentieth century. Since this massive migration, Puerto Rican literature and culture have grappled with an essential change in self-perception. Mainland Passage examines the history of that transformation, the political struggle over its representation, and the ways it has been imagined in Puerto Rico and in the work of Latina/o fiction writers.

Ramón E. Soto-Crespo argues that the most significant consequence of this migration is the creation of a cultural and political borderland state. He intervenes in the Puerto Rico status debate to show that the two most discussed options-Puerto Rico's becoming either a fully-federated state of the United States or an independent nation-represent false alternatives, and he forcefully reasons that Puerto Rico should be recognized as an anomalous political entity that does not conform to categories of political belonging. Investigating a fundamental shift in the way Puerto Rican writers, politicians, and scholars have imagined their cultural identity, Mainland Passage demonstrates that Puerto Rico's commonwealth status exemplifies a counterhegemonic logic and introduces a vital new approach to understanding Puerto Rican culture and history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816655885
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramón Soto-Crespo is associate professor and director of Latina/o studies at SUNY–Buffalo.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction Neither Colony nor Nation 1

1 State and Artifice: Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá and Puerto Rican Painting 23

2 The Mainland Passage: Luis Muñoz Marín's Borderland State 57

3 Escaping Colonialism: How to Do Things with American Imperialism 82

4 Out of the Mainland: Nuyorican Poetry and Boricua Politics 119

Notes 145

Works Cited 153

Index 165

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