Malady and Genius
Self-Sacrifice in Puerto Rican Literature
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Analyzes the theme of self-sacrifice in Puerto Rican literature through psychoanalytic theory.
Malady and Genius examines the recurring theme of self-sacrifice in Puerto Rican literature during the second half of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries. Interpreting these scenes through the works of Frantz Fanon, Kelly Oliver, and Julia Kristeva, Benigno Trigo focuses on the context of colonialism and explains the meaning of this recurring theme as a mode of survival under a colonial condition that has lasted more than five hundred years in the oldest colony in the world. Trigo engages a number of works in Latino and Puerto Rican studies that have of late reconsidered the value of a psychoanalytic approach to texts and cultural material, and also different methodologies including post-colonial theory, cultural studies, and queer studies.
Benigno Trigo is Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University. He is the author and editor of several books, including Kristeva's Fiction, also published by SUNY Press.