All translations are by the author.
Introduction
I have largely limited myself to analyzing the workings of heterosexuality. This
is due in part to the paucity of archival sources available on same-sex sexual
relations. It is also due to the confines of time and space that I faced. All studies
have their limits; this one I regretfully accept.
2 A consensus seems to be emerging that given Puerto Rico's continued colonial
subjection and its vibrant diaspora in the United States, culture, not the nation-
state, is a particularly important locus of Puerto Ricans' national! collective
identity. See, for example, Angel G. Quintero Rivera, jSalsa, sabor, y control!
Sociologia de la mUsica "tropical" (Mexico City: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1998)
and Ruth Glasser, My Music Is My Flag: Puerto Rican Musicians and Their New
York Communities,
I9I7-I940
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994).
One of the boldest rejections to date of the nationalism-colonialism dichot-
omy can be found in the collection edited by Frances Negr6n-Muntaner and
Ram6n Grosfoguel, Puerto Rican Jam: Essays on Culture and Politics (Min-
neapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997), particularly their introduction
with Chloe S. Georas, "Beyond Nationalist and Colonialist Discourses: The
Jaiba Politics of the Puerto Rican Ethno-Nation," pp. 1-36. See also the journals
Bordes and El Centro. For some important precursors, see Jose Luis Gonzalez, El
pais de cuatro pisos y otros ensayos, 6th ed. (Rio Piedras: Ediciones Huracan,
1987); Angel G. Quintero Rivera, Patricios y plebeyos: Burgueses, hacendados,
artesanos y obreros: Las relaciones de clase en el Puerto Rico de cambio de siglo (Rio
Piedras: Ediciones Huracan, 1988); Juan Flores, Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto
Rican Identity (Houston: Arte Publico, 1993); Arcadio Diaz Quinones, La me-
moria rota (Rio Piedras: Ediciones Huracan, 1993).
3 Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, vol.
I,
An Introduction, trans. Robert
Hurley (New York: Random House, 1978); Lynn Hunt, The Family Romance of
the French Revolution (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992); Judith
Walkowitz,
City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-
Victorian London (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992); Ann Laura
Stoler, Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's "History of Sexuality" and the
Colonial Order of Things (Durham: Duke University Press, 1995).
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