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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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Remembering Julia de Burgos

Remembering Julia de Burgos

Cultural Icon, Community, Belonging

(p.123) 5 Remembering Julia de Burgos
Becoming Julia de Burgos

Vanessa Pérez Rosario

University of Illinois Press

This chapter highlights the multiple ways in which Burgos's legacy extends into visual culture and El Barrio neighborhood in East Harlem. In the act of remembering Julia de Burgos, visual artists are less concerned with finding the “true” Julia; rather, they create sites of memory that are at once collective and individual. As Burgos emerged as an icon specific to New York Latino/a culture, remembering her became one of the memory circuits mapping the migratory routes of New York Latino/a cosmopolitan networks. The chapter then charts the course of Burgos's iconography, mapping the migratory trajectories and circulation of her influence from New York to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and consequently offering insight into New York Latino/a cultural production.

Keywords:   visual culture, El Barrio neighborhood, New York, Latino culture, Latina culture, migratory routes

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