Frances Negrón-Muntaner's Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American PDF

By Frances Negrón-Muntaner

ISBN-10: 0814758177

ISBN-13: 9780814758175

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ISBN-13: 9780814758182

ISBN-10: 1417588314

ISBN-13: 9781417588312

Boricua Pop is the 1st ebook completely dedicated to Puerto Rican visibility, cultural influence, and identification formation within the U.S. and at domestic. Frances Negrón-Muntaner explores every little thing from the loved American musical West facet Story to the phenomenon of singer/actress/ clothier Jennifer Lopez, from the pretend old chronicle Seva to the construction of Puerto Rican Barbie, from novelist Rosario Ferré to performer Holly Woodlawn, and from painter provocateur Andy Warhol to the likely in a single day luck tale of Ricky Martin. Negrón-Muntaner lines the various many attainable itineraries of trade among American and Puerto Rican cultures, together with the commodification of Puerto Rican cultural practices similar to voguing, graffiti, and the Latinization of father track. Drawing from literature, movie, portray, and pop culture, and together with either the normative and the ordinary, the canonized authors and the misfits, the island and its diaspora, Boricua Pop is an engaging combination of low existence and excessive tradition: a hugely unique, demanding, and lucid new paintings via one in every of our so much gifted cultural critics.

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It is during this tur= bulent period, between the reigniting of the Cuban War of Independence and the Spanish-American War, that shame intensified as a key ethno-na= tionalist trope and affect for sectors of the pro-autonomist Puerto Rican elites. At the precise hour of Cuban “shame” as “traitors” to the Spanish crown, the autonomistas seized the moment to finally shine brighter in the eyes of the mother country: “There is but one detail that can establish the difference between the two Antilles,” claimed the powerful criollo newspaper La Democracia, “our eternal meekness; our faithfulness of four centuries.

S. governing elites and public opinion. ”32 The humiliation of the criollos, however, became constitutive only when, even after American contempt was unequivocal toward Puerto Ricans, far from fighting “honorably” (as “men”) for independence as happened in areas of the Philippines, the criollos negotiated with, instead of militarily attacking, the United States. This strategy also fed into the metropolis’s hard= ened assumption of the entire population’s inferiority, represented through tropes of femininity and infantilization, while it legitimized the Puerto Rican majority’s challenges to the criollos through “shameless”—that is, purposefully disrespectful—spectacles to upper-class decorum and mas= culinity.

S. 72 In fact, Islanders have higher rates of unemployment and reliance on public assistance than boricuas living in the United States, due to the mainland’s less vulnerable economy. S. S. boricuas met a sec= ond, ironic, face: other boricuas—from the island. S. Puerto Ricans—are viewed by many in Puerto Rico as utterly violated by the United States: debased by the English language, denigrated as a “race” not a nation, and devoid of authentic (Puerto Rican) culture. S. ”74 The contempt aimed at AmeRícans on the Island is motivated by a sense of superiority similar to that of white middle-class sectors in the United States.

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