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Cuerpos des(h)echos en el trópico: Biopolítica y tecnociencia en la literatura y cultura visual en Puerto Rico

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Abstract

During the Puerto Rican 20th century, the disease metaphor predominates to analyze Puerto Rico's colonial political relationship with the United States. This metaphor manifests itself in various ways in Puerto Rican literature and visual culture. This dissertation analyzes the mechanisms that have done and undone biopolitical bodies and their relationship with historical time and tropical space in three Puerto Rican novels and documentary films. In addition, I analyze how advances in technoscience reinforce colonial status. Given the biopolitical panorama in Puerto Rico, I propose the culture of suspicion to redirect the biopolitical gaze, and the term trance literature to account for a discursive change in 21st century literature that transforms the political dimension of the body and dismantles the metaphor of the illness. In addition, other political forms are presented that distance us from the hegemonic technobiopower and bring us closer to other ways of understanding conviviality.

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