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Description: View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Introduction . "A perspicacious new book and one of the most intellectually exciting works of recent years,Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the latinization of American Culturegives new meaning to the idea of the pleasure of the text. "Mixing the down and dirty with high culture to come up with good look at the transculture effects of it all." San Juan Star "Important, timely, and innovative,Boricua Popis a stellar addition to a body of work that grows in importance over time. Negrón-Muntaner's book is eagerly anticipated." José Quiroga, author of Tropics of Desire "Boricua Pop" is a foundational text in American, Latino/a, Queer, Performance, and Cultural Studies." Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez, Mount Holyoke College Boricua Popis the first book solely devoted to Puerto Rican visibility, cultural impact, and identity formation in the U.S. and at home. Frances Negrón-Muntaner explores everything from the beloved American musicalWest Side Storyto the phenomenon of singer/actress/ fashion designer Jennifer Lopez, from the faux historical chronicle Seva to the creation of Puerto Rican Barbie, from novelist Rosario Ferré to performer Holly Woodlawn, and from painter provocateur Andy Warhol to the seemingly overnight success story of Ricky Martin. Negrón-Muntaner traces some of the many possible itineraries of exchange between American and Puerto Rican cultures, including the commodification of Puerto Rican cultural practices such as voguing, graffiti, and the Latinization of pop music. Drawing from literature, film, painting, and popular culture, and including both the normative and the odd, the canonized authors and the misfits, the island and its diaspora,Boricua Popis a fascinating blend of low life and high culture: a highly original, challenging, and lucid new work by one of our most talented cultural critics.