ERIC Number: ED188150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Fact or Fancy: The Image of the Puerto Rican in Ethnic Literature for Young Adults.
Freundlich, Joyce Y.
The image of the Puerto Rican in 33 books written between 1950 and 1980 for young adults was examined. Nine reviewers evaluated the books for their characterization of Puerto Rican socioeconomic status, demographic status, educational attainment, family representation, and male/female roles. The negative image of the Puerto Rican that emerged from the data resulted from four factors: an inappropriate perspective, an inaccurate representation of reality, omission of salient causes, and rigid portrayals. The books did not satisfy suggested criteria for ethnic literature (appropriateness, honesty, depth, and thoughtfulness) because they were inappropriate for their intended audience, underrepresentative of Puerto Ricans in American society, and superficial in their characterization. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (25th, St. Louis, MO, May 5-9, 1980).