Centro, Center for Puerto Rican Studies
CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
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.
Cortes-Velez, Dinorah, "Clara Gardenia Otero, Palmira Parés y el Feminismo Queer de Manuel Ramos Otero" (2018). Spanish Languages and Literatures Research and Publications. 86.
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