"Shakin Up" Race and Gender: Intercultural Connections in Puerto Rican, African American, and…

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byMarta E. Sánchez

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The second phase of the civil rights movement (1965-1973) was a pivotal period in the development of ethnic groups in the United States. In the years since then, new generations have asked new questions to cast light on this watershed era. No longer is it productive to consider only the differences between ethnic groups; we must also study them in relation to one another and to U.S. mainstream society.

In "Shakin' Up" Race and Gender, Marta E. Sánchez creates an intercultural frame to study the historical and cultural connections among Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and Chicanos/as since the 1960s. Her frame opens up the black/white binary that dominated the 1960s and 1970s. It reveals the hidden yet real ties that connected ethnics of color and "white" ethnics in a shared intercultural history. By using key literary works published during this time, Sánchez reassesses and refutes the unflattering portrayals of ethnics by three leading intellectuals (Octavio Paz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Oscar Lewis) who wrote about Chicanos, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans. She links their implicit misogyny to the trope of La Malinche from Chicano culture and shows how specific characteristics of this trope—enslavement, alleged betrayal, and cultural negotiation—are also present in African American and Puerto Rican cultures. Sánchez employs the trope to restore the agency denied to these groups. Intercultural contact—encounters between peoples of distinct ethnic groups—is the theme of this book.

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The second phase of the civil rights movement (1965-1973) was a pivotal period in the development of ethnic groups in the United States. In the years since then, new generations have asked new questions to cast light on this watershed era. No longer is it productive to consider only the differences between ethnic groups; we must also s...

MARTA E. SÁNCHEZ is Professor of Literature at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita at the University of California, San Diego, where she taught from 1977 to 2004.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.95 × 5.95 × 0.65 inPublished:January 2, 2006Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029270965X

ISBN - 13:9780292709652

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AgradecimientosPreludeIntroduction: Intercultural ConnectionsChapter 1. "In Bed" with La Malinche: Stories of "Family" à la Octavio Paz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Oscar LewisChapter 2. La Malinche at the Intersection of Puerto Rican and African American Cultures: Piri Thomas and Down These Mean StreetsInterlude 2. La Malinche: Shuffling the Puerto Rican Border in Spanish and Black HarlemChapter 3. Of Nutshells, Frogs, and Men in Manchild in the Promised LandInterlude 3. Grandma Knows Best: The Women in Manchild in the Promised LandChapter 4. Overcoming Self-Loathing, Learning to Love Brownness: Oscar Zeta Acosta and The Autobiography of a Brown BuffaloInterlude 4. The Brown Buffalo Puts On BlackfaceEpilogue: La Malinche Comes HomeNotesBibliographyCopyright AcknowledgmentsIndex