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Kissing the mango tree : Puerto Rican women rewriting American literature
Rivera, Carmen S. (Carmen Socorro)
Publication Information:
Houston, Tex. : Arte Público Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xx, 188 pages ; 22 cm
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PS153.P83 R48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Kissing the Mango Tree is the first and only book to examine the works of the most popular Puerto Rican women writers from the perspective of feminist literary criticism. Rivera reconstructs the ethno-feminist aesthetic of Judith Ortiz Cofer, Sandra Maria Esteves. Nicholasa Mohr, Aurora Levins Morales. Rosario Morales, Esmeralda Santiago, and Luz Maria Umpierre-Herrera. In separate chapters dedicated to each of the writers, the author locates their works within a framework of feminist thoery and literature, seeing them as "women with macho asserting their creative powers to record their own versions of their memories, to own their own bodies...They transform the way we look at the process of growing up and becoming a woman, at the relationship with our mothers and our daughters, at the fluidity of our lives, at our notions of nationhood..." This groundbreaking study is accompanied by a complete bibliography of the six writers' works and secondary sources of feminist, Latino and ethno-poetic criticism and theory.

Author Notes

Carmen S. Rivera is Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Wingate University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 Esmeralda Santiago and the Bildungsroman of El Barriop. 1
Chapter 2 Nicholasa Mohr and Negation/Negotiation of the Mother-Daughter Relationshipp. 28
Chapter 3 The Fluid Identity of Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales in Getting Home Alivep. 56
Chapter 4 "Y si la patria es una mujer": The Political Discourse of Sandra María Estevesp. 76
Chapter 5 "I Just Met a Girl Named María": Luz María Umpierre-Herrera and the Subversion of Sexual/Cultural Stereotypesp. 107
Chapter 6 Kissing the Mango Tree: Judith Ortiz Cofer and the Ritual of Storytellingp. 149
Selected Bibliographyp. 177