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Literatures of the Americas
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Decolonial Puerto Rican Women's Writings

Subversion in the Flesh

Authors: Hurtado, Roberta

  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach by drawing on fields beyond literary studies, such as cognitive and neurobiology studies  Represents one of the few literary analysis texts for Puerto Rican women’s literature in the diaspora
  • Offers a new alternative to Embodiment Studies, Post-Structuralism, and Feminist Theories
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This book explores representations of sentient-flesh — flesh that holds consciousness of being — in Puerto Rican women’s literature. It considers how different literary devices can participate in the decolonization of the flesh as it is obfuscated by mappings of the 'body' from the Enlightenment era and colonial endeavors. Drawing on studies of cognitive development and epigenetics to identify how sentient-flesh creates knowledge of power and navigates methods of subversion for social justice, this book grapples with the question of how Puerto Rican women, living in the nation of their colonizer, manifest an identity that exists beyond the scope of colonization. It makes the case for a change in perspective that illustrates the conceptual shift from survivors to thrivers to educators. To do so, it draws upon Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa’s theory in the flesh; Iris Lopez’s theories of trauma-knowledge; and María Lugones’s concept of 'world travelers' to retain the corporeal flesh and physical location in Latinas’ attempts to write subversion under U.S. colonization across racial, cultural, and ethnic boundaries, as well as the gendered-sexuality barriers identified by Emma Pérez. This project builds on their work to frame Latina literature within a new discussion of how corporeal, memory, and sentient experiences of identity must center sentient-flesh as the source of decolonial consciousness rather than relapsing into discourses of the 'body'.

About the authors

Roberta Hurtado is Assistant Professor of Latina/o/x Literature and Culture at SUNY Oswego, USA. She completed her graduate work at the University of Texas San Antonio. She has published with journals such as Chiricú, Label Me Latina/o, and El Mundo Zurdo.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Decolonial Puerto Rican Women's Writings
Book Subtitle
Subversion in the Flesh
Authors
Series Title
Literatures of the Americas
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05731-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05731-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05730-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 157
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