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Family Matters: Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland

“Family Matters” in Puerto Rican Women’s Literature

Marisel MorenoIn Family Matters: Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland (University of Virginia Press, 2012), Faculty Fellow Marisel Moreno explores how Puerto Rican women writers have used the trope of family to question the tenets of racial and social harmony, an idealized past, and patriarchal authority that sustain the foundational myth of “la gran familia.

Moreno juxtaposes narratives from authors located on the island and the mainland to examine their convergences and divergences, proposing the recognition of a “transinsular” corpus to reflect the increasingly transnational character of the Puerto Rican population and its diaspora. Drawing on historiography, cultural studies, and gender studies, she aims to present a more nuanced and holistic vision of this literature.

 

 


 

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