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Summer 2018


Centro, Center for Puerto Rican Studies

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CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies

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This essay examines the short stories “Romance de Clara Gardenia Otero” and “El cuento de la Mujer del Mar” to reveal the way in which Ramos Otero’s writing adopts the sign of the feminine as an empowering archetype. These stories make allies of the queer and the feminine in order to reject bourgeois feminism. This brand of feminism does not manage to escape the patriarchal dichotomy and puts the individualist project before a broader decolonizing goal. By posing these female characters of mythical stature as his alter egos, Ramos Otero departs from the frame of reference of subalternity ethnographies in order to dismantle the normalizing coercion of a heterosexist society that silences marginal voices.


Published version. Centro Journal, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer 2018): 68-87. Publisher link. © 2018 Centro Journal. Used with permission.

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