Degree Year

2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Hispanic Studies

Advisor(s)

Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón

Committee Member(s)

Ana María Díaz Burgos
Claire Solomon

Keywords

Creative writing, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican literature, Diaspora, Caribbean literature

Abstract

"De pura cepa" is a collection of six short stories, each in a different time period and different conflict in Puerto Rican history: the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, the era of slavery and sugar plantations in the mid-19th century, the transition from Spain to the United States in the first years of the 20th century, the start of mass emigrations from Puerto Rico in the mid-20th century, and finally the immediate effects of Hurricane Maria in the latter half of 2017. There is also an introductory story that takes place in the early 2000s. The collection confronts and interrogates perceptions of Puerto Rico by showing different characters navigate their identities and the struggles they face as Puerto Ricans. It addresses themes such as race, gender, religion, class, and other forms of identity over time and within a family. The six stories are accompanied by a critical commentary, which analyzes Puerto Rico’s cultural history and argues that storytelling serves as a means by which to research and explore this history.

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