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Scripts of BlacknessRace, Cultural Nationalism, and U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico$
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Isar P. Godreau

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038907

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038907.001.0001

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Hispanophile Zones of Whiteness

Hispanophile Zones of Whiteness

(p.121) Chapter 4 Hispanophile Zones of Whiteness
Scripts of Blackness

Isar P. Godreau

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines narratives developed during the 1930s that exalted the influence of Spain in Puerto Rican culture in order to counteract the political and economic colonial encroachment of the United States. Hispanophile proponents consider Puerto Rico an offshoot of Spain and Puerto Rican culture a product of Spain's colonizing influence. However, more than a discourse in favor of Spain, Hispanophilia was first and foremost a discourse that sought to differentiate Puerto Rico from the United States. Proponents of Hispanophilia argue that the nation is culturally white. In the context of narratives that distinguish Puerto Rico from the United States, such “cultural whiteness” can be qualified as Spanish or “Hispanic whiteness” vis-à-vis “Anglo-Saxon whiteness.”

Keywords:   Hispanophilia, Puerto Rican culture, cultural whiteness, Hispanic whiteness, Anglo-Saxon whiteness

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