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The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida

Karen Jaime


The Queer Nuyorican critically studies the historical, political, and cultural conditions under which the term “Nuyorican” shifts from a raced/ethnic identity marker to “nuyorican,” an aesthetic practice. While “Nuyorican,” uppercase N, marks an ethnic, political, and cultural identity signifying Puerto Rican community, culture, and struggle in New York City from the late 1960s through the 1980s, “nuyorican,” lowercase n, references an aesthetic practice that developed alongside the spoken word and competitive slam poetry scene in the 1990s. The nuyorican aesthetic queers fixed definitions of ... More

Keywords: Nuyorican, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, nuyorican aesthetic, countercultural, queer, transgender, ethnic marker, poetry slam, spoken word, aesthetic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479808281
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479808281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Jaime, author
Cornell University