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Black Flag BoricuasAnarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921$
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Kirwin R. Shaffer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037641

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037641.001.0001

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Radicalism Imagined

Radicalism Imagined

Leftist Culture, Gender, and Revolutionary Violence, 1900–1920

(p.106) 5. Radicalism Imagined
Black Flag Boricuas

Kirwin R. Shaffer

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at the prolific supply of cultural productions by anarchists in Puerto Rico, including novels, plays, poetry, and short stories. In particular, the chapter focuses on two overriding themes: gender and the role of violence or violent imagery in bringing forth a new era. Many leftists who joined the Partido Socialista (PS) or took more mainstream approaches to the island's politics likewise followed anarchist-inspired interpretations of these themes. The focus on cultural productions illustrates that the left wing of the PS and the anarchists understood their reality and their visions for a future Puerto Rico in similar terms. These friendly relations between anarchists and PS members continued throughout much of the 1910s.

Keywords:   leftist culture, gender, revolutionary violence, cultural productions, violent imagery, Partido Socialista, Puerto Rico

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