Defending Their Own in the Cold
The Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
This book brings together a group of texts drafted at different moments over the past several years that constitute much of what I have come to understand about U.S. Puerto Rican culture and literature in the twenty-some-odd years I have been privileged to live among Puerto Ricans both in Chicago and on the island, with some excursions to New York and elsewhere. ...
Just a few years ago, after three decades of relating to Latin American and Latino worlds, and after having been married to a Soler-Ramos from Puerto Rico, I remembered a Ramos in my high school class in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Checking our yearbook, I saw a young man who looked very much like my Nuyorican nephew, Danny. ...
1. Puerto Rican and Chicano Crossovers in Latino Film and Music Culture
In a fascinating essay on Selena (2003), Frances Aparicio seeks to trace the history of Latino/a as opposed to specific national identifications. Interestingly, she notes how the publicity mill has taken not just one but three Puerto Ricans and sought to constitute them as Latino as opposed to Boricua figures for a Latino-centered market. ...
2. The Flag and Three Rican Artists
What is Puerto Rico? Or, as Boricuas ask of the grandmother so loved (but so hidden), where is she? First an indigenous—Arawak-Boricua-Taino—world; then a colony of plantations and small farms, of slaves, freed slaves, artisans, storekeepers, struggling, with the mother country and its own social sectors. ...
3. U.S. Puerto Rican Literature
Some years ago, in his introduction to an anthology of U.S. Puerto Rican poetry, Efraín Barradas (in Barradas and Rodríguez 1981, 11) went to great lengths to point out the lack of continuity and community between Nuyorican and Island writers. One of the most difficult tasks in explaining U.S. Puerto Rican writing, he argued, ...
4. Puerto Rican Poets in Chicago
In an article published several years ago (Zimmerman 1989, 77), I cite the above poem published in the late 1970s by a then-young Chicago Puerto Rican, Alfredo Matías, that bears the provocative title, “Where are the Latin Poets?”1 Today, after so many years of Latino literary development, we may feel we no longer have to ask Matías’s question. ...
5. Carmen Pursifull: Dancing from New York to Anglo-Illinois
Illinois has been a site of Puerto Rican writing for the past several years, primarily because of the mass migration to the Chicago area during the last half-century. In chapter 4, I have written about Chicago Puerto Rican writers. Here I wish to discuss the first Puerto Rican writer to emerge in Illinois outside the Chicago metropolitan area, ...
6. Cuban–Puerto Rican Relations and Final Projections
In closing this book, I thought I would share with readers a reflection on the negative treatment of Puerto Ricans in Cuban American and other Latino writing, leading to the briefest comments on the future of U.S. Puerto Rican culture, literature, and life. With regard to the first matter, I draw on my previously unpublished study of Miguel Barnet’s La vida real (1986), ...
About the Author, Further Reading, Publication Information
Marc Zimmerman is Professor of World Cultures and Literatures in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston. For many years he was professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC). ...