Hibridez e identidad: espacios imaginarios en La gran fiesta y Bienvenido Míster Marshall

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lizely M. López (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Carmen Sotomayor

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to explore how subjugated or oppressed countries negotiate their cultural identity under colonial or dictatorial regimes. I will focus particularly on the negotiation of cultural identity in Puerto Rico, a United States territory, during the 40's of the Twentieth century, and franquoist Spain, during its early postwar years. I have based the foundation of my research on the following films as narrative devices: La gran fiesta (1986), Puerto Rican film directed by Marcos Zurinaga and written by Ana Lydia Vega, and Bienvenido Míster Marshall (1953), Spanish film directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga. Throughout my research, I propose that both Puerto Rico and Spain share spatial, temporal and circumstantial connection during this particular period in time. I have supported this investigation with Benedict Anderson's theory of Imagined Communities in order to establish this connection. In order to further solidify this binding, I have also supported this investigation with specific aspects related to culture hybridity from Homi Bhabha's The Location of Culture, such as ambivalence, disavowal, and desire. The analysis of La gran Fiesta and Bienvenido Mister Marshall show, that both Puerto Rico and Spain, employ "la fiesta" (the ball, carnival, party) as a space where both colonizer and colonized meet, compromise and negotiate identities. The carnavalesque display or "Welcome Party" the citizens of Villar del Río orchestrated, in Bienvenido Mister Marshall, resulted in disavowal. Similarly, the grand ball at the Casino de Puerto Rico, symbolizes a light of hope, the spirit of a culture--a nation. The construction of these imagined spaces can be seen as devices that will protect endangered cultures by subversive governments or groups of people. Furthermore, it promotes the creation of new cultural productions that bridges communities and continents.

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Language: Spanish; Castilian
Date: 2014
Franco, Posguerra, Dictadura, Puerto Rican Studies, Literature, Representaciones Visuales, Film, Literatura, Spanish, Latin America, Transatlantic Studies
Puerto Rico $x Politics and government $y 1898-1952
Spain $x Politics and government $y 1939-1945
Group identity $x Political aspects $z Spain $x History $y 20th century
Group identity $x Political aspects $z Puerto Rico $x History $y 20th century
Zurinaga, Marcos $t Gran fiesta
Bienvenido Mister Marshall (Motion picture)
Anderson, Benedict R. O'G. $q (Benedict Richard O'Gorman), $d 1936- $t Imagined communities
Bhabha, Homi K., $d 1949- $t Location of culture

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