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La gastronomia como metafora de la identidad en la literatura puertorriquena del siglo XX

by ORTIZ, MARIA INES

Abstract (Summary)
This dissertation explores the uses of gastronomical references as metaphors to talk about Puerto Rican culture and identity within literary works of the latter part of the Twentieth Century. The narrative of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner's Tropico en Manhattan (1951), Carmen Lugo Filippi's "Recetario para incautos" (1983), Ana Lydia Vega's "Historia de Arroz con Habichuelas" (1983), Mayra Santos Febres' "Marina y su olor" (1996), and Carmen Vazquez Arce's El libro de los afectos culinarios (1996) are clear examples of the creation of a gastronomical Puerto Rican identity and culture. Using Cultural Studies, Post-colonial and Feminist Theories as theoretical backgrounds, the topic of food is decoded as a way to talk about the construction of a material Puerto Rican identity that is parallel to a hybrid cultural and racial past characterized trough these gastronomical representations. The space of the kitchen and food then becomes a way to explore and understand the reality of a contemporary culture and identity that has been reshaped through the influence of various countries.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:puerto rico identity food cultural studies feminism post colonialism cookbook

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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