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Race and Nation in Puerto Rican Folklore : Franz Boas and John Alden Mason in Porto Rico / Rafael Ocasio.

Author/Creator:
Ocasio, Rafael, author., Author,
Publication:
New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (266 pages) : 4 black and white images
Series:
Critical Caribbean Studies
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Ethnology -- Puerto Rico -- History.
Folklore -- Study and teaching -- Puerto Rico -- History.
National characteristics, Puerto Rican.
Oral tradition -- Puerto Rico.
Puerto Ricans -- Ethnic identity.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Race and Nation in Puerto Rican Folklore: Franz Boas and John Alden Mason in Porto Rico, 1915 explores the founding father of American anthropology's historic trip to Puerto Rico in 1915. As a component of the Scientific Survey of Porto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Boas intended to perform field research in the areas of anthropology and ethnography there while other scientists explored the island's natural resources. Native Puerto Rican cultural practices were also heavily explored through documentation of the island's oral folklore. A young anthropologist working under Boas, John Alden Mason, rescued hundreds of oral folklore samples, ranging from popular songs, poetry, conundrums, sayings, and, most particularly, folktales. Through extensive excursions, Mason came in touch with the rural practices of Puerto Rican peasants, the Jíbaros, who served as both his cultural informants and writers of the folklore samples. These stories, many of which are still part of the island's literary traditions, reflect a strong Puerto Rican identity coalescing in the face of the U.S. political intervention on the island. A fascinating slice of Puerto Rican history and culture sure to delight any reader!
Contents:
Frontmatter
In memoriam Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016)
Contents
Introduction: Retention and Reinvention of Puerto Rican Oral Folklore Tales
Chapter 1. Porto Rico as a Colonial Scientific Laboratory
Chapter 2. A Post-Spanish-American War National Identity
Chapter 3. Jíbaros' Authorship through Literary Self-Characterization
Chapter 4. Telling a Story about Class and Ethnicity through Fairy Tales, Cuentos Puertorriqueños, and Leyendas
Chapter 5. An (Un)colored Puerto Rican Culture
Chapter 6. Tropicalizing the Puerto Rican Racial Past
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Index
About the Author
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 28. Okt 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781978810242
OCLC:
1179050927
Publisher Number:
10.36019/9781978810242 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.