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- DescriptionOver the past fifty years, Puerto Rican voters have roundly rejected any calls for national independence. Yet the rhetoric and icography of independence have been defining features of Puerto Rican literature and culture. In the provocative new book Dream Nation, Maria Acosta Cruz investigates the roots and effects of this profound disconnect between cultural fantasy and political reality. Bringing together texts from Puerto Rican literature, history and popular culture, Dream Nation shows how imaginings of national independence have served many competing purposes. They have given authority to the island's literary and artistic establishment but have also been a badge of countercultural cool. These ideas have been fueled both by stalgia for an imagined past and by yearning for a better future. They have fostered local communities on the island and still helped define Puerto Rican identity within U.S. Lati culture. In clear, accessible prose, Acosta Cruz takes us on a journey from the 1898 annexation of Puerto Rico to the elections of 2012, stopping at many cultural touchstones along the way, from the canical literature of the Generacion del 30 to the rap music of Tego Calderon. Dream Nation thus serves both as a testament to how stories, symbols and heroes of independence have inspired the Puerto Rican imagination and as an urgent warning about how this culture has become detached from the everyday concerns of the island's people.
- Author BiographyMaria Acosta Cruz is an associate professor of Spanish at Clark University. Her work has appeared in the journals Hispanofila, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos, and Chasqui Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana.
- Author(s)Maria Acosta Cruz
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication30/01/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleLatinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note5 illustrations
- Weight331 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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