Search Results

You are looking at 1 - 5 of 5 items for

  • Author or Editor: Anabela Alves x
  • Search level: All x
Clear All

A people without memories is a people without history. Esmeralda Santiago can be considered a natural born memoir writer. In this chapter, I intend to look at Esmeralda Santiago's work, namely When I Was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman, in the light of post-colonial theories, trying to focus on the elaboration of alternative perspectives and in the rewriting of History. She began writing to document the challenges she had to face when moving to the United States, to make sense of her experiences, her peoples’ and especially those of the women who are most often forgotten in a patriarchal society. Thus, her memoirs tell not only about her personal diasporic experience, but also about the general experience of a displaced community of migrants, their difficulties of integration and search for identity. This is a process of struggle, self-discovery and self-affirmation. By writing about this experience of displacement, of ‘the unhomeliness of home,’ Santiago will come to terms with her hybridity, will forge a nation in which she is neither inferior nor other, but an agent and a protagonist. Writing allows Santiago to disrupt boundaries, to reconcile with the past, to think of herself as a complex and hybrid citizen, to construct ‘homes away from home,’ create in the process a new nation.

In: Diasporic Choices


The Prosecutor v. Radislav Krstić, Case No. IT-98-33-T, Trial Judgement 2 August 2001

In: International Criminal Law Review