This book represents the vitality, diversity, and distinctiveness of contemporary Puerto Rican letters and writers. It is concerned with the image and identity of the Puerto Rican as it is reflected in literature.
Part I: Images and Identities 1. A Puerto Rican Testament 2. The Flying Bus 3. The Islander 4. Images in Contemporary Puerto Rican Literature 5. Puertorriqueñidad: The Force Behind the Development of a Puerto Rican Theater 6. Image of the City: Three Puerto Rican Generations in New York 7. The Puerto Rican in Popular U.S. Literature: A Culturalist Perspective 8. Survival, Growth, and Change in the Prose Fiction of Contemporary Puerto Rican Women Writers 9. Salpicar and the Specter of Self-Hate among Puerto Ricans: On the Testimonial Literature of Modernization and Ethnicity 10. Image: The Puerto Rican in Hawaii Part II: Authors’ Voices 11. Women's Tales 12. At the Middle of the Road 13. The Two Lived-In Houses 14. Dope Themes and Other Highs 15. Juan Antonio Ramos: A Feminist Writer? Part III: Puerto Rican Literature Written in English 16. A Neorican in Puerto Rico: Or Coming Home 17. Puerto Ricans in New York: Cultural Evolution and Identity 18. Nuyorican Aesthetics 19. Ambivalence or Activism from the Nuyorican Perspective in Poetry 20. The Feminist Viewpoint in the Poetry of Puerto Rican Women in the United States Part IV: Translations 21. This Uncanny, Tricky Business: Translation and Ideology in Puerto Rican Literature 22. Is Macho Camacho's Beat a Good Translation of La guaracha del Macho Camacho? Part V: Puerto Rican Literature in the Public School Curriculum 23. Image and Identity: Puerto Rican Literature in the School Curriculum 24. Self-Affirmation or Self-Destruction: The Image of Puerto Ricans in Children's Literature Written in English Part VI: Interrelations between Puerto Rican Literature and Other Hispanic Literatures in the United States 25. A Question of Identity: What's in a Name? Chicanos and Riquenos 26. Toward a History of Hispanic Literature in the United States 27. Cross-Currents in Hispanic U. S. Contemporary Drama 28. Geographic Displacement as Spiritual Desolation in Puerto Rican and Chicano Prose Fiction