By Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Boricua Pop is the 1st ebook exclusively dedicated to Puerto Rican visibility, cultural impression, and id formation within the U.S. and at domestic. Frances Negrón-Muntaner explores every little thing from the liked American musical West aspect Story to the phenomenon of singer/actress/ dressmaker Jennifer Lopez, from the fake historic chronicle Seva to the construction of Puerto Rican Barbie, from novelist Rosario Ferré to performer Holly Woodlawn, and from painter provocateur Andy Warhol to the likely in a single day good fortune tale of Ricky Martin. Negrón-Muntaner lines many of the many attainable itineraries of alternate among American and Puerto Rican cultures, together with the commodification of Puerto Rican cultural practices comparable to voguing, graffiti, and the Latinization of father track. Drawing from literature, movie, portray, and pop culture, and together with either the normative and the bizarre, the canonized authors and the misfits, the island and its diaspora, Boricua Pop is an engaging mixture of low lifestyles and excessive tradition: a hugely unique, hard, and lucid new paintings by means of one in every of our such a lot gifted cultural critics.

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Puerto Rico’s seemingly baffling response, however, had roots in the growing investment of boricua political and economic hopes in American agency during the late nineteenth century. Deep in the bowels of the Puerto Rico section of the Cuban Revolutionary Party located in New York City, for instance, many exiles sought independence from Spain and subsequent 11 WEIGHING IN THEORY annexation to the United States. This position articulated the all too recent memories of state violence during the “terrible year of 1887,” when Spanish authorities persecuted, exiled, and even tortured pro-autonomist advocates, and by the economic realities of Puerto Rico as a peninsular colony during this period.

As the members of Silén’s generation found work as ac= ademics, technocrats, advertisers, and public servants, they spun feel-good stories that would saturate public culture and set the stage for boricua iden= tity in ways that elite attempts to attenuate shame never could. Although na= tionalism has not been successful in canceling the shame of boricua identity, one of the most important effects of this strategy has been that Puerto Rican “nationality”—in certain terms—became a compulsory social artifact with which both elite culture and popular culture have since had to contend.

Congressman Henry Teller, a champion of (at least nominal) sovereignty for Cuba, explicitly rejected the proposition that Puerto Ricans become citizens by casting boricuas as “queer” Cubans: “I don’t like the Puerto Rican; they are not fighters like the Cubans; they were subjugated to Spanish tyranny for hundreds of years without being men enough to oppose it. 30 From the enduring affect of American contempt necessary to pursue colo= nial economic and political interests, boricua agency, be it enthusiasm for the metropolis, demands for self-government, or democratic cravings, invariably came to confirm inferiority, represented in both racial and gendered (or bet= ter still, racially engendered) terms.

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