ERIC Number: ED164691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Insular Vision: Pedreira's Interpretation of Puerto Rican Culture. Centro Working Papers.
In an attempt to assess and provide an understanding of many aspects of Puerto Rican culture in the United States and in Puerto Rico, this document contains a detailed critical treatment of Antonio S. Pedreira's "Insularismo: Ensayos de interpretacion puertorriquena." Described as being the single most influential study of Puerto Rican culture since its publication in 1934, "Insularismo" is both lauded and criticized for its views on Puerto Rican national identity and its analysis of Puerto Rican history. Examples are cited to illustrate Pedreira's disdain for the popular, indigenous roots of Puerto Rican culture. The book's structure is briefly analyzed to show Pedreira's lack of scientific thinking about man and society. Its tone is described as an echo of the "Arielist" movement that swept the Spanish speaking intellectual world in the early 20th century which was elitist, individualistic, and rhetorical. References are made to other scholars and writings for comparative purposes and specifically to the influence that Ortego y Gasset, Spengler and prevailing trends of Latin American cultural theory had on Pedreira's writing. (EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Centro de Estudios Puertorriguenos.