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The Imagined Republic of Puerto Rican Populism in World-Historical Context

KELVIN SANTIAGO-VALLES

in Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032641
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032641.003.0004
The Imagined Republic of Puerto Rican Populism in World-Historical Context

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This chapter examines the imagined republic of Puerto Rican populism in world-historical context and the poetics of plantation fantasies. It discusses the world-historical juncture at which Negro-themed poetry in Puerto Rico was embraced and mobilized by key elements of the island's intelligentsia. The chapter explains that this poetic genre was the literary equivalent of racial democracy writings and social science scholarship, as well as of the populist rhetoric conveyed by the rising stars of public oratory and of the political campaign circuit.

Keywords: populism; Puerto Rico; plantation fantasies; intelligentsia; racial democracy; public oratory; political campaign

Chapter.  12672 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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