Rafael Ocasio

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Race and Nation in Puerto Rican Folklore

Franz Boas and John Alden Mason in Porto Rico

Rutgers University Press

This book highlights Franz Boas’s historic trip to Puerto Rico in 1915, which included the documentation of oral folklore. On that trip, a rising anthropologist involved in the project, John Alden Mason, collected one of the largest oral folklore collections from any Spanish-speaking country or territory. The stories, many of them written by rural cultural informants, the Jibaros, offer an outstanding view of an early twentieth century Puerto Rican identity. 

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Folk Stories from the Hills of Puerto Rico / Cuentos folklóricos de las montañas de Puerto Rico

Edited by Rafael Ocasio
Rutgers University Press

This exciting new bilingual anthology gathers Puerto Rican folktales that were passed down orally for generations before being transcribed beginning in 1914 by the team of famous anthropologist Franz Boas. It includes stories about historical figures like pirate Roberto Cofresí, unique twists on “Snow White” and “Cinderella,” and beloved local characters like the kind cockroach Cucarachita Martina.

Esta nueva y emocionante antología bilingüe reúne cuentos populares puertorriqueños que se transmitieron oralmente durante generaciones antes de ser transcritos comenzando en 1914 por el equipo del famoso antropólogo Franz Boas. La colección incluye historias sobre personajes históricos como el pirata Roberto Cofresí, versiones criollas de “Blanca Nieves” y “Cenicienta” y otros queridos personajes locales como la amable cucaracha Cucarachita Martina.

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Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo

From Plantations to the Slums

University Press of Florida
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The Dissidence of Reinaldo Arenas

Queering Literature, Politics, and the Activist Curriculum

University of Florida Press

Focusing on the didactic nature of the work of Reinaldo Arenas, this book demonstrates the Cuban writer’s influence as public pedagogue, mentor, and social activist whose teaching on resistance to normative ideologies resonates in societies past, present, and future.

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