The Afro-Latin@ Experience in Contemporary American by Jill Toliver Richardson

By Jill Toliver Richardson

This bookexamines modern Afro-Latin@ literature and its depiction of the multifaceted id encompassing the separate identifications of usa citizens and the often-conflicting identities of blacks and Latin@s. The Afro-Latin@ event in modern American Literature and Culture highlights the writers’ goals to outline Afro-Latin@ id, to rewrite old narratives in order that they comprise the Afro-Latin@ event and to depict the quest for belonging. Their writing examines the Afro-Latin@ come across with race in the US and exposes the trauma caused by the ancient violence of colonialism and slavery.

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Imani Perry proposes that outlaw identity is adopted by hip hop culture as an oppositional stance to mainstream culture. She explores the embrace of an outlaw identity by mostly black male practitioners of hip hop culture: The outlawry present in hip hop is multifaceted. At times, it is literal … but it is also present in the sense of opposition to norms that unfairly punish black communities or discount the complexity of choices faced by those black and poor in the United States, and it presents itself in the creation of alternative values, norms, and ideals in contrast to those as an individual assertion or as a collective sensibility, either in the form of an archetype … or in a celebration of outlaw community.

She explores the embrace of an outlaw identity by mostly black male practitioners of hip hop culture: The outlawry present in hip hop is multifaceted. At times, it is literal … but it is also present in the sense of opposition to norms that unfairly punish black communities or discount the complexity of choices faced by those black and poor in the United States, and it presents itself in the creation of alternative values, norms, and ideals in contrast to those as an individual assertion or as a collective sensibility, either in the form of an archetype … or in a celebration of outlaw community.

Oscar and Lola are the heirs of trauma endured by their ancestors. In a study examining the phenomenon of the generational inheritance of historical trauma, Hirsch proposes the concept of post-memory as a structure that allows for the transgenerational transfer of traumatic memory. She suggests: ENDURING THE CURSE: THE LEGACY OF INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA... 41 that descendants of survivors (of victims as well as of perpetrators) of massive, traumatic events connect so deeply to the previous generation’s remembrances of the past that they need to call that connection memory and thus that, in certain extreme circumstances, memory can be transmitted to those who were not actually there to live an event.

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