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Becoming Julia de BurgosThe Making of a Puerto Rican Icon$
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Vanessa Pérez Rosario

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038969

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038969.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Becoming Julia de Burgos

Vanessa Pérez Rosario

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Julia de Burgos's poetry. With her imagery of waterways, routes, and pathways, Burgos creates a dynamic subject that could not be fixed or contained, placing her among the historical vanguardias. She attempts to create escape routes as a liberatory strategy, but in the end she confronts similar patriarchal structures abroad, suggesting that migration is not a liberatory strategy. She also satisfied her quest for freedom through the imagination. While themes of Puerto Rican independence and U.S. imperialism cut across her work, other important motifs include the rights of women and their struggle to assert themselves in a patriarchal society.

Keywords:   Julia de Burgos, vanguardias, liberatory strategy, migration, Puerto Rican independence, U.S. imperialism, women's rights, patriarchal society

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