Frontmatter

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title page

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This book represents the culmination of a great deal of effort, and like everything else in my life it isn’t something that I accomplished alone. A lot of people supported me along the way: family, friends, colleagues, and mentors put their trust in me and in this project. I can hardly imagine having succeeded ...

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Introduction: Family Matters

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pp. 1-14

On September 23, 2009, a group of Puerto Ricans in Hartford, Connecticut, participated in a historic occasion: the unveiling of the first Monumento a la Familia Puertorriqueña (Monument to the Puerto Rican Family).1 As trivial as this event may seem, its significance in the historical context of Puerto Rican ...

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1. The Literary Canon and Puerto Rican National Culture

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pp. 15-50

“At its inception national culture is really literary in nature,” asserts the critic Gregory Jusdanis, reminding us of the power of literature to create the illusion of unity among the various and dispa¬rate groups that constitute any given nation (xi). Literature is often seen as a “mirror” of the nation, ...

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2. Our Family, Our Nation: Revisiting la gran familia puertorriqueña

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pp. 51-89

Speaking to a public audience at the University of Puerto Rico in 1934, Emilio Belaval, one of the key figures of the generación del treinta, remarked, “In my opinion the great problem affecting Puerto Rico at the moment is that we are going through a truly messy period, mainly caused by the fact ...

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3 Retrieving the Past: The “Silenced” Narrate

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pp. 90-129

“Toda memoria es siempre una memoria rota, es decir, fracturada, fragmentada” (Every memory is always a broken memory, that is to say, fractured, fragmented), declares Carlos Pabón, echoing the title of one of Arcadio Díaz Quiñones’s most influential essays, “La memoria rota” (The broken memory) (239). ...

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4 Patriarchal Foundations: Contesting Gender/Sexual Paradigms

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pp. 130-168

In addition to the principles of harmony/racial democracy and a glorified past that have been the subjects of the two previous chapters, the claim of unity under an authoritarian, yet benevolent, father figure completes la gran familia puertorriqueña. The myth’s reconceptualization of the hacienda economy ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 169-178

In 1957 DIVEDCO issued the booklet La mujer y sus derechos (Women and their rights), written and edited by René Marqués. Published immediately after Los derechos del hombre (The rights of man), La mujer sought to trace how far the struggle for women’s rights had advanced and how much Puerto Rican women ...

Notes

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pp. 179-210

Bibliography

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pp. 211-222

Index

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pp. 223-235