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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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Nadie es profeta en su tierra

Nadie es profeta en su tierra

Exile, Migration, and Hemispheric Identity

(p.46) 2 Nadie es profeta en su tierra
Becoming Julia de Burgos

Vanessa Pérez Rosario

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Burgos's migratory routes from Puerto Rico to Havana and New York by looking at her second and third poetry collections—Canción de la verdad sencilla (Song of the Simple Truth, 1939) and El mar y tú (The Sea and You, 1954)—as well as her little-studied letters to her sister. The poetry collections and letters reveal her conflicted relationship to Puerto Rico. Despite her patriotism, home and nation became limiting, restrictive, and repressive spaces. As such, Burgos attempted to create a home and a life for herself beyond the boundaries of the nation. The chapter then discusses and extends the term sexile, usually used to describe queer migration, to heterosexual women whose sexuality appears excessive in Caribbean morality, contributing to their departure from the island.

Keywords:   Puerto Rico, migration, sexile, queer migration, sexuality

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