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This collection of essays, by fifteen scholars across diverse fields, explores forty years of writing by Giannina Braschi, one of the most revolutionary Latinx authors of her generation. Since the 1980s, Braschi’s linguistic and structural ingenuities, radical thinking, and poetic hilarity have spanned the genres of theatre, poetry, fiction, essay, musical, manifesto, political philosophy, and spoken word.  Her best-known titles are El imperio de los sueños, Yo-Yo Boing!, and United States of Banana. She writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English and embraces timely and enduring subjects: love, liberty, creativity, environment, economy, censorship, borders, immigration, debt, incarceration, colonialization, terrorism, and revolution. Her work has been widely adapted into theater, photography, film, lithography, painting, sculpture, comics, and music. The essays in this volume explore the marvelous ways that Braschi’s texts shake upside down our ideas of ourselves and enrich our understanding of how powerful narratives can wake us to our higher expectations.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword by Ilan Stavans
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Poets, Philosophers, Lovers
  1. Introduction
  2. Frederick Luis Aldama
  3. pp. 3-20
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  1. I. Vanguard Forms and Latinx Sensibilities
  1. The Uncommon Wealth of Art: Poetic Progress as Resistance to the Commodification of Culture in United States of Banana
  2. Madelena Gonzalez
  3. pp. 23-31
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  1. Rompiendo esquemas: Catastrophic Bravery in United States of Banana
  2. John "Rio" Riofrio
  3. pp. 32-42
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  1. Exile and Burial of Ontological Sameness: A Dialogue between Zarathustra and Giannina
  2. Anne Ashbaugh
  3. pp. 43-53
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  1. Yo-Yo Boing! Or Literature as a Translingual Practice
  2. Francisco Moreno-Fernández
  3. pp. 54-62
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  1. Bilingual Big Bang: Giannina Braschi's Trilogy Levels the Spanish-English Playing Field
  2. Maritza Stanchich
  3. pp. 63-78
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  1. II. Persuasive Art of Dramatic Voices
  1. Giannina and Braschi: A Polyphony of Voices
  2. Cristina Garrigós
  3. pp. 81-90
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  1. The Poetry of Giannina Braschi: Art and Magic in Assault on Time
  2. Laura R. Loustau
  3. pp. 91-99
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  1. The Human Barnyard: Rhetoric, Identification, and Symbolic Representation in United States of Banana
  2. Elizabeth Lowry
  3. pp. 100-110
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  1. Gamifying World Literature: Giannina Braschi's United States of Banana
  2. Daniela Daniele
  3. pp. 111-120
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  1. III. Intermedial Poetics and Radical Thinking
  1. Leaping Off the Page: Giannina Braschi's Intermedialities
  2. Dorian Lugo Bertrán
  3. pp. 123-132
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  1. Free-dom: United States of Banana and the Limits of Sovereignty |
  2. Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús
  3. pp. 133-155
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  1. The Holy Trinity: Money, Power, and Success in United States of Banana
  2. Francisco José Ramos
  3. pp. 156-165
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  1. My Dinner with Giannina: Rolando Pérez Interviews Giannina Braschi
  2. Rolando Pérez, Giannina Braschi
  3. pp. 166-180
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 185-196
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822987598
Related ISBN
9780822946182
MARC Record
OCLC
1204316487
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2020-11-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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