Giannina Braschi

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Date of Birth February 5, 1953
Place of Birth Puerto Rico
Age 67 years old
Horoscope Aquarius

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Giannina Braschi is a Puerto Rican writer based in New York City. Her notable works include Empire of Dreams, Yo-Yo Boing! and United States of Banana. Braschi writes cross-genre works in Spanish, Spanglish, and English. Her story-telling incorporates elements of poetry, novel, musical theatre, metafiction, manifesto, and political philosophy. Her work explores the enculturation journey of Hispanic immigrants, and dramatizes the three main political options of Puerto Rico: independence, colony, and state.

Born: February 5, 1953, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation: Poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist
Nationality: Puerto Rican, American
Period: 1981–present
Genre: poetry, metafiction, experimental theater, novel, political philosophy
Subject: Immigration, independence, terrorism, inspiration, Puerto Rico, revolution, war, love, American imperialism, New York, democracy, September 11 attacks
Literary movement: Postmodernism, postcolonialism, spoken word, nuyorican, post-boom, McOndo
Notable works: Yo-Yo Boing, Empire of Dreams, United States of Banana
Notable awards: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, PEN/Open Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts, Danforth Scholarship, Ford Foundation, Rutgers Faculty Grant
Relatives: Miguel Braschi, brother

About Giannina Braschi

A Puerto Rican writer, she is best known for her 1998 novel, Yo-Yo Boing!, which is written in Spanglish. Her other works include Empire of Dreams (post-modern poems) and United States of Banana (a philosophy-themed novel).

Before Fame

She was an accomplished tennis player and ranked first in the 1966 US Tennis Association's national tournament, held in her native Puerto Rico. She published her first literary work, Asalto al tiempo, in 1980.

Achievement

She received the PEN/Open Book Award.

Family Life

She grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later lived in Spain, Italy, France, and England. She studied Hispanic Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Associations

She published an essay on the work of Miguel de Cervantes.

Information related to Giannina Braschi

  • Experimental literature - Experimental literature refers to written work—usually fiction or poetry—that emphasizes innovation, most especially in technique.
  • Nuyorican Movement - The Nuyorican Movement is a cultural and intellectual movement involving poets, writers, musicians and artists who are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent, who live in or near New York City, and either call themselves or are known as Nuyoricans.
  • McOndo - McOndo is a Latin American literary movement that breaks with the magical realism mode of narration, and counters it with languages borrowed from mass media. The literature of McOndo presents urban Latin American life, in opposition to the rural Latin America of Macondo.
  • Puerto Rican literature - Puerto Rican literature evolved from the art of oral story telling to its present-day status. Written works by the native islanders of Puerto Rico were prohibited and repressed by the Spanish colonial government.
  • Puerto Rican feminists
  • Puerto Rican female tennis players
  • Hispanic and Latino American poets
  • Puerto Rican women writers
  • Women satirists
  • Epic poets
  • Puerto Rican poets
  • Hispanic and Latino American novelists
  • Postmodern feminists
  • Puerto Rican independence activists
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellows
  • American political philosophers
  • American satirists
  • 21st-century American women
  • American women essayists
  • American anarchists
  • Continental philosophers
  • Postmodern writers
  • 21st-century American dramatists and playwrights
  • American women dramatists and playwrights
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Latest information about Giannina Braschi updated on January 23, 2021.

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