Empire of Dreams by Ms. Giannina Braschi

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The work deals with issues of performance, gender ambiguity, and marginality. It is concerned with the boundaries of language and the possibilities of cross-dressing poetry as commercials, diary, tabloids, gossip, confessions, videos, autobiography, musicals, and manifesto. Characters turn into other characters. Clowns, buffoons, shepherds, lead soldiers, magicians, madmen, witches, fortune-tellers, and artists perform their fantasies in the city streets. An antinovel within the book satirizes the writer's role in the modern age and calls for a revolution of poetry. New York City becomes the site of liberation for its marginal citizens, as the narrator is led through a seeming phantasmagoria of internal and external trials in order to experience the center - of political power, of meaning, of feeling, and of personal identity.
 

About Ms. Giannina Braschi

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Giannina Braschi is professor of Spanish at City University of New York.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by AmazonCrossingEnglish. 214 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this striking collection of brief, evocative prose pieces, many of them only one paragraph long, Puerto Rican-born Braschi, a professor of Spanish at the City University of New York, describes moments of experience and their contingencies.

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