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Covers all genres and historical periods of Puerto Rican literature

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and Its Critical Practice / Jose L. Torres-Padilla and Carmen Haydee RiveraPART I: Earlier Voices
1. Evolving Identities: Early Puerto Rican Writing in the United States and the Search for New Puertorriquenidad / Jose M. Irizarry Rodriguez2. For the Sake of Love: Luisa Capetillo, Anarchy, and Boricua Literary History / Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez3. When "I" Became Ethnic: Ethnogenesis and Three Early Puerto Rican Diaspora Writers / Jose L. Torres-PadillaPART II: Political and Historical
4. Anarchism in the Work of Aurora Levins Morales / Ferda Asya5. Puerto Rican Literature in a New Clave: Notes on the Emergence of DiaspoRican / William Burgos6. The Political Left and the Development of Nuyorican Poetry / Trenton HickmanPART III: Identity and Place
7. Literary Tropicalizations of the Barrio: Ernesto Quinonez's Bodega Dreams and Ed Vega's Mendoza's Dreams / Antonia Dominguez Miguela8. Discordant Differences: Strategic Puerto Ricanness in Pedro Pietri's Puerto Rican Obituary / Victor Figueroa9. "Borinkee" in Hawai'i: Rodney Morales Rides the Diaspora Wave to Transregional Imperial Struggle / Maritza Stanchich10: Tato Laviera's Parody of La carreta: Reworking a Tradition of Docility / John WaldronPART IV: Home
11. Writing Home: Mapping Puerto Rican Collective Memory in The House on the Lagoon / Kelli Lyon Johnson12. Translating "Home" in the Work of Judith Ortez Cofer / Joanna Barszewska Marshall13. Getting There and Back: The Road, the Journey, and Home in Nuyorican Diaspora Literature / Solimar OteroPART V: Gender
14. Identity of the "Diasporican" Homosexual in the Literary Periphery / Enrique Morales- Diaz 15. Manuel Ramos Otero's Queer Metafictional Resurrection of Julia de Burgos / Betsy A. Sandlin16. Subverting the Mainland: Transmigratory Biculturalism in U.S. Puerto Rican Women's Fiction / Mary Jane Suero-ElliottContributors

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Jose L. Torres-Padilla is associate professor of English, State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Carmen Haydee Rivera is associate professor of English, University of Puerto Rico.


"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

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