Cultural paradigms and configuration of identity: the fantastic sociopolitical two tales Rosario Ferré

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In the last four decades, the fantastic has become an instrument of transgression, a literary resource to subvert the cultural codes that shape social and political reality in Latin America. A significant number of writers have used the fantastic to challenge the cultural values and ideological and political narratives which have given meaning and defined reality in many Latin American countries.
Rosario Ferré is a paradigmatic case in Puerto Rico. In many of her short stories Ferré makes use of this transgressive capacity of the fantastic through her reflections and questioning of the role of women in Puerto Rican society. She puts emphasis on aspects of gender, but also on questions of race and social class.
However, this Ferre’s ideological position, obvious in her writings of the 1970’s, does not seem quite so clear in her later works, in which there is a certain nostalgia of the colonial cultural heritage. This article attempts to shed light on some of these ideological contradictions through analysis and comparison of the short stories “Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres” and “El cuento envenenado”.
Translated title of the contributionCultural paradigms and configuration of identity: the fantastic sociopolitical two tales Rosario Ferré
LanguageSpanish
Pages77-92
JournalJournal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
Volume19
Issue number1
Early online date18 Sep 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Short Story
Questioning
Puerto Rico
Transgression
Colonies
Cultural Codes
Writer
Paradigmatics
Cuentos
Resources
Puerto Rican
Nostalgia
Latin America
Cultural Heritage
Gianfranco Ferre
Cultural Values

Keywords

  • short story
  • race
  • fantastic
  • political
  • cultural identity
  • gender

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