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When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
A Memoir

by Esmeralda Santiago

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2006-02-28
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0786736860
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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One of "The Best Memoirs of a Generation" (Oprah's Book Club): a young woman's journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
A Book

by Esmeralda Santiago

  • Publisher : Everbind
  • Release : 2009-07-01
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9780784807156
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Autobiography of a young girl who leaves Puerto Rico for New York's tenements and a chance for success.

Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman
Combined with When I Was Puerto Rican

by Esmeralda Santiago

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2022
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9780676590920
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Latinx Urban Condition

The Latinx Urban Condition
Trauma, Memory, and Desire in Latinx Urban Literature and Culture

by Crescencio Lopez-Gonzalez

  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release : 2019-12-31
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN : 1498570275
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Latinx Urban Condition brings interdisciplinary cultural theory and U.S. Latinx urban literature into conversation, focusing on the realities and urban experiences of Latinx living in major cities in the United States from the 1960’s to the present. As a cultural studies analyst of U.S. Latinx urban literature and culture, the book focuses on analyzing the works of Latinx authors who write about the cities in which they were raised and how growing up in these environments shaped their lives, their communities, and their future. Their fictional work helps us understand how the human and cultural tapestry of the Latinx community is inextricably connected to the spatial transformations taking place in many cities across the country, most notably within the cities in which the narratives take place. The main purpose is to analyze the symbolic realities lived by the characters in order to understand how Latino families and communities are experiencing displacement under instituted neoliberal policies, a process known as development and progress or gentrification. These processes are experienced through aspects of privatization, deregulation, homelessness, residential segregation, inequality, unemployment, and poverty.

Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman
A Memoir

by Esmeralda Santiago

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2012-06-12
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0306821117
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Following the enchanting story recounted in When I Was Puerto Rican of the author’s emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the prestigious Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, Esmeralda Santiago delivers the tale of her young adulthood, where she continually strives to find a balance between becoming American and staying Puerto Rican. While translating for her mother Mami at the welfare office in the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York’s prestigious Performing Arts High School in the afternoons, and dancing salsa all night, she begins to defy her mother’s protective rules, only to find that independence brings new dangers and dilemmas.

Puerto Rican Voices in English

Puerto Rican Voices in English
Interviews with Writers

by Carmen Dolores Hernández

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN : 9780275958091
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Puerto Rican writers, living in the United States and writing in English, speak directly about their lives and their literary tradition in this provocative book of interviews.

The Discovery of Female Adolescent Sexuality in the Cultural Context of Puerto Rico

The Discovery of Female Adolescent Sexuality in the Cultural Context of Puerto Rico
As Described in Esmeralda Santiago’s "When I Was Puerto Rican"

by Magdalena Natalia Zalewski

  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release : 2011-09-30
  • Pages : 14
  • ISBN : 3656018219
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, LMU Munich (Amerika-Institut), course: Ethnicity and American Identity in Contemporary Fiction, language: English, abstract: Esmeralda Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican was her first autobiographic novel and it was the precursor of two following memoirs: Almost a Woman and The Turkish Lover. In When I Was Puerto Rican Santiago tells of her early childhood during the 1950s and ‘60s. The story told in the novel starts in Puerto Rico at Santiago’s age of four up to the age of thirteen when she immigrates with her mother and her then six siblings to the US to live in Brooklyn, New York. Her memoir does not only show the difficulty of switching between two different cultures and mentalities, American and Puerto Rican, but it also portrays the coming of age process of a girl who has to find a balance between her individual desires and expectations of her surrounding world. The novel reveals the Santiago family’s dealings with the pitfalls of poverty and their dreams of a better life. This family experiences life in all varieties: they are moving from the rural town of Macún to the urban area of Santurce, a district of Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan. The family’s destiny as a whole unity is yet only a framing plot. The novel illustrates the struggle of understanding the world from a child’s perspective. In the case of young Esmeralda it is especially hard to understand the dynamics of her unmarried parents’ relationship. For her it is a challenging rethinking process to learn how to tell from her parents’ behavior, who is right and who is wrong. She also longs for appreciation called forth by sibling rivalry and the maternal responsibility for her younger sisters and brothers make Esmeralda question woman- and manhood, which eventually leads her to an inner rebellion. In When I Was Puerto Rican Santiago shares the beginning of her search for the intricate question of her own sexuality. She unveils her solitary way to find femininity, how she had to find the answers to her questions all by herself, due to the omnipresent secretiveness about sexuality. Santiago explains how her younger self tried to unfold the mystery of her mother’s constant but unexplained warning of being casi señorita – almost a young lady. This memoir illustrates the transformation from an inexperienced girl to a teenager, who tries to define herself and figure out what she wants and expects from life.

When I Was Puerto Rican Novel Units Teacher Guide

When I Was Puerto Rican Novel Units Teacher Guide
A Book

by Novel Units,Pat Watson

  • Publisher : Novel Units, Incorporated
  • Release : 2019-07-15
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN : 9781581309621
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Suggests activities to be used in the classroom to accompany the reading of When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.

Bildungsroman Written by Puerto Rican Women in the United States

Bildungsroman Written by Puerto Rican Women in the United States
Nicholasa Mohr's Nilda : a Novel and Esmeralda Santiago's When I was Puerto Rican

by Ismael Muñiz Cruz

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Teaching, Reading, and Theorizing Caribbean Texts

Teaching, Reading, and Theorizing Caribbean Texts
A Book

by Emily O'Dell,Jeanne Jégousso

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 126
  • ISBN : 1793607168
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Teaching, Reading, and Theorizing Caribbean Texts proposes new strategies for analyzing Caribbean texts in the classroom that move beyond traditional geographic academic boundaries. Pulling from both the diaspora and the numerous multilingual islands, the authors argue for a reunification of the different aspects of Caribbean literature studies.--Solimar Otero, Indiana University

Barrio Professors

Barrio Professors
Tales of Naturalistic Research

by Lloyd H Rogler

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-09-17
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 1315433273
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Prize-winning sociologist Lloyd H. Rogler, a founder of cultural psychiatry, gives us an intimately revealing, brilliantly narrated account of fieldwork from San Juan, Puerto Rico to inner-city New Haven. Using his decades of field experience and creative fiction he explores the daily reality of his "informants"—the Barrio Professors—and uncovers the clash between scientific models and local experience over schizophrenia, the political workings of community, and the power of serendipity. Rogler's multi-layered exploration of the relationship between researcher and community, as well as his candid assessment of field strategies, make the book useful also for methods courses. Barrio Professors is engrossing enough for the general public and an excellent text for courses in ethnic studies, sociology, qualitative methods, psychiatry, public health, anthropology, and social work.

Conversations with Ilan Stavans

Conversations with Ilan Stavans
A Book

by Ilan Stavans

  • Publisher : University of Arizona Press
  • Release : 2005-01-01
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN : 9780816522644
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For almost twenty years, Ilan StavansÑdescribed by the Washington Post as "Latin AmericaÕs liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast"Ñhas interviewed path-breaking intellectuals and artists in a wide range of media. As host of the critically acclaimed PBS series La Plaza, he interviews guests on pressing issues that affect the Western Hemisphere today, asking hard-hitting questions on immigration, religion, bilingualism, race, and democracy. This book collects for the first time in one volume StavansÕs most provocative and enlightening interviews with Hispanics from both sides of the Rio Grande. Spontaneous and surprising, these conversations reflect Latino life in the United States in all its facets. Among the more than two dozen selections, Edward James Olmos talks about Hispanics in Hollywood; John Leguizamo describes how he shapes a stage show; author Richard Rodriguez reflects on his gang background; Esmeralda Santiago takes on the Puerto Rican stereotype; and Piri Thomas shares thoughts on the writing of Down These Mean Streets. "A conversation is a tango," writes Stavans, "for it takes two to dance it." Conversations with Ilan Stavans invites readers to catch the rhythm and enjoy these unique meetings of minds.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
A Memoir

by Santiago Esmeralda

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2014-07-01
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781632451132
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Riveting."--Booklist, starred review

America's Dream

America's Dream
Novel, A

by Esmeralda Santiago

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2009-10-13
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 0061846945
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Lyrical [and] haunting, América’s liberating epiphany will have readers . . . on their feet and cheering." — Washington Post Deftly written and fiercely resilient, América’s Dream explores the ever-shifting definition of what it means to be American and exemplifies the spirit of every immigrant who has dared to realize the American dream. América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on Vieques, an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don’t look her in the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is offered the chance to work as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for a family in Westchester, New York, she takes it as a sign to finally make the escape she's been longing for. Yet, even as América revels in the comparative luxury of her new life—daring to care about a man other than Correa—she is faced with the disquieting realization that no matter what she does, she can never really escape her past.

Mainland Passage

Mainland Passage
The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico

by Ramón E. Soto-Crespo

  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN : 0816655871
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Crossing Segregated Boundaries

Crossing Segregated Boundaries
Remembering Chicago School Desegregation

by Dionne Danns

  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release : 2020-10-16
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN : 1978810075
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Scholars have long explored school desegregation through various lenses, examining policy, the role of the courts and federal government, resistance and backlash, and the fight to preserve Black schools. However, few studies have examined the group experiences of students within desegregated schools. Crossing Segregated Boundaries centers the experiences of over sixty graduates of the class of 1988 in three desegregated Chicago high schools. Chicago’s housing segregation and declining white enrollments severely curtailed the city’s school desegregation plan, and as a result desegregation options were academically stratified, providing limited opportunities for a chosen few while leaving the majority of students in segregated, underperforming schools. Nevertheless, desegregation did provide a transformative opportunity for those students involved. While desegregation was the external impetus that brought students together, the students themselves made integration possible, and many students found that the few years that they spent in these schools had a profound impact on broadening their understanding of different racial and ethnic groups. In very real ways, desegregated schools reduced racial isolation for those who took part.

Encyclopedia of Hispanic-American Literature

Encyclopedia of Hispanic-American Literature
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Infobase Learning
  • Release : 2015-04-22
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 1438140606
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Presents a reference on Hispanic American literature providing profiles of Hispanic American writers and their works.

Cuando era puertorriqueña

Cuando era puertorriqueña
A Book

by Esmeralda Santiago

  • Publisher : Vintage Espanol
  • Release : 1994
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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La historia de Esmeralda Santiago comienza en la parte rural de Puerto Rico, donde sus padres y siete hermanos, en continuas luchas los unos con los otros, vivían una vida alborotada pero llena de amor y ternura. De niña, Esmeralda aprendió a apreciar cómo se come una guayaba, a distinguir la canción del coquí, a identificar los ingredientes en las morcillas y a ayudar a que el alma de un bebé muerto subiera al Cielo. Pero precisamente cuando Esmeralda parecía haberlo aprendido todo sobre su cultura, la llevaron a Nueva York, donde las reglas --y el idioma-- eran no sólo diferentes, sino también desconcertantes. Cómo Esmeralda superó la adversidad, se ganó entrada a la Performing Arts High School y después continuó a Harvard, de donde se graduó con altos honores, es el relato de la tremenda trayectoria de una mujer verdaderamente extraordinaria. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION One of The Best Memoirs of a Generation (Oprah's Book Club): a young woman's journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.

Bibliographic Guide to Chicana and Latina Narrative

Bibliographic Guide to Chicana and Latina Narrative
A Book

by Kathy S. Leonard

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN : 0313319871
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of narrative work published by Chicana and Latina authors in the past 5 to 10 years with little attempt to catalog this material. This reference provides convenient access to all forms of narrative written by Chicana and Latina authors from the early 1940s through 2002. It covers more than 2,750 short stories, novels, novel excerpts, and autobiographies written by some 600 Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, Dominican American, and Nuyorican women authors. The items are listed in five indexes, and short annotations are provided for the anthologies, novels, and autobiographies.

Historical Dictionary of U.S. Latino Literature

Historical Dictionary of U.S. Latino Literature
A Book

by Francisco A. Lomelí,Donaldo W. Urioste,María Joaquina Villaseñor

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2016-12-27
  • Pages : 518
  • ISBN : 1442275499
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Historical Dictionary of U.S. Latino Literature contains a chronology, an introduction, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has cross-referenced entries on U.S. Latino/a authors, and terms relevant to the nature of U.S. Latino literature.