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TriangulationsNarrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity$
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David J. Vázquez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673261

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673261.001.0001

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Notes on Triangulation

Notes on Triangulation

Navigating Latina/o Identity

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Notes on Triangulation
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Triangulations
Author(s):

David J. Vázquez

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673261.003.0001

This book examines the narrative strategies of Latina/o authors of the late twentieth century and how they use existing identity categories to negotiate complex identities. Many Latina/o authors employ a Nuyorican subjectivity, referring to Puerto Ricans located in or around New York State, in their first-person personal narratives. These narratives include memoir, autobiography, testimonio, autobiographical fiction, and other forms of writing. One of the book’s central premises is that Latina/o authors engage in the navigational technique of triangulation to contest liberal individualist notions of identity and their accompanying racial formations.

Keywords:   Latina authors, Latino authors, complex identities, Nuyorican subjectivity, Puerto Ricans, first-person personal narratives, triangulation, identity, racial formations

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