EN218 Lecture Notes - Puerto Ricans, Grassroots Democracy, The Belgariad

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February 6th, 2013
Lecture 14 (13 is in notebook)
Short Eyes Miguel Pinero
- Identity politics
- Puerto Rican community in NY
o Arts community and prison community
o Puerto Ricans encouraged to take post-war jobs (which didn’t last
long), but were underpaid
o No adequate housing or access to meaningful jobs (underemployment
and discrimination)
This created ghettos of Latin American citizens
Centralized frustrations about false American dream
- Miguel Algaria
o Puerto Ricans’ sense of statelessness (you don’t fit in anywhere really)
o Newness defining feature of poetry at this time. Emphasizes the
adaptability of people who start as stateless and gain an identity
- Young Lords
o Very militant
o Highly socialist and interested in grassroots democratic power for
everyone
o Included a feminist group
o Power would move back into hands of people and individual people
this did not happen though
o Education idealism try and establish a system of education wherein
young Puerto Rican people could be educated about their history and
where they came from because of the lack of sense of historical
identity and value
- Nuyorican School
o Drama, poetry, performance arts
o Talk about politics and read poetry
- Writing expressing hybridity
- Poetry should focus on community and speak in voices that people
understand
- Connections between race and prison
o Hierarchies
Race order: White Americans African Americans (give
permission) Latinos White Americans
AA and Whites are enemies
Latinos and whites/Latinos and AA have an ambiguous
relationship and makes them slightly more autonomous
Longshoe is Irish, so he does no count as white, so
whiteness doesn’t really have to do with skin color
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Puerto rican community in ny: arts community and prison community, puerto ricans encouraged to take post-war jobs (which didn"t last long), but were underpaid, no adequate housing or access to meaningful jobs (underemployment and discrimination) This created ghettos of latin american citizens. Miguel algaria: puerto ricans" sense of statelessness (you don"t fit in anywhere really, newness defining feature of poetry at this time. Emphasizes the adaptability of people who start as stateless and gain an identity. Nuyorican school: drama, poetry, performance arts, talk about politics and read poetry. Poetry should focus on community and speak in voices that people understand. Connections between race and prison: hierarchies. Race order: white americans african americans (give permission) latinos white americans. Latinos and whites/latinos and aa have an ambiguous relationship and makes them slightly more autonomous. Longshoe is irish, so he does no count as white, so whiteness doesn"t really have to do with skin color. White americans are at top and bottom.

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