Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora

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Exploring cultural expressions of Puerto Rican queer migration from the Caribbean to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes analyzes how artists have portrayed their lives and the discrimination they have faced in both Puerto Rico and the United States.

Highlighting cultural and political resistance within Puerto Rico's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender subcultures, La Fountain-Stokes traces an arc from 1960s Puerto Rico and the ...

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Overview

Exploring cultural expressions of Puerto Rican queer migration from the Caribbean to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes analyzes how artists have portrayed their lives and the discrimination they have faced in both Puerto Rico and the United States.

Highlighting cultural and political resistance within Puerto Rico's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender subcultures, La Fountain-Stokes traces an arc from 1960s Puerto Rico and the writings of Luis Rafael Sánchez to New York City in the 1970s and 1980s Manuel Ramos Otero), Philadelphia and New Jersey in the 1980s and 1990s (Luz María Umpierre and Frances Negrón-Muntaner), and Chicago (Rose Troche) and San Francisco (Erika López) in the 1990s, culminating with a discussion of Arthur Avilés and Elizabeth Marrero's recent dance-theater work in the Bronx. Proposing a radical new conceptualization of Puerto Rican migration, Queer Ricans reveals how sexuality has shaped and defined the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816640928
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2009
  • Series: Cultural Studies of the Americas Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is assistant professor of Latina/o studies, American culture and Romance languages and literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction On Queer Diasporas and Puerto Rican Migration Histories ix

Chapter 1 The Persecution of Difference 1

Chapter 2 Autobiographical Writing and Shifting Migrant Experience 19

Chapter 3 Women's Bodies, Lesbian Passions 64

Chapter 4 Visual Happenings, Queer Imaginings 93

Chapter 5 Nuyorico and the Utopias of the Everyday 131

Acknowledgments 169

Notes 173

Bibliography 193

Publication History 225

Index 227

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