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Contents Acknowledgments Preface Part I Founding Spectacles 1 1 Weighing In Theory: Puerto Rican and American Cultures 2 2 1898: The Trauma of Literature, the Shame of Identity 48 3 Feeling Pretty: West Side Story and U.S. Puerto Rican Identity 87 Part II Boricuas in the Middle 131 4 From Puerto Rico with "Trash": Holly Woodlawn's A Low Life in High Heels 132 5 The Writing on the Wall: The Life and Passion of Jean-Michel Basquiat 174 6 Flagging Madonna: Performing a Puerto Rican-American Erotics 218 Section III Boricua Anatomies 265 7 Rosario's Tongue: Rosario Ferré and the Commodification of Island Literature 266 8 Barbie's Hair: Selling Out Puerto Rican Identity in the Global Market 308 9 Jennifer's Butt: Valorizing the Puerto Rican Racialized Female Body 343 10 Rickie's Hips: The Queerness of Puerto Rican "White" Culture 372 Post-Script: Words From the Grave 414 Notes 422 About the Author 512 Index 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Puerto Ricans United States Social life and customs, Puerto Ricans United States Ethnic identity, Puerto Ricans United States Intellectual life, Arts, Puerto Rican United States, Popular culture United States, United States Civilization Hispanic influences, United States Relations Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Relations United States, Shame Social aspects United States