Poetry as a collective resource against cultural imperialism towards Mexican Americans. The case of José Olivarez's poetry
Cultural imperialism is a condition of oppression that consists in dominant narratives of society making invisible invisible the particular perspective of minority groups while stigmatizing them based on impoverished and degrading concepts. As a consequence, members of minority groups internalize oppression and experience moral cruelty. In this article it is proposed that poetry can be a collective resource to counteract such symbolic damage. Following Sandra Faulkner's proposal on poetic research, I use the poetry of the Mexican-American poet José Olivarez to show how poetry is a tool to question stigmatized stereotypes, make visible the subjective experiences of minority groups, counteract the humiliation generated by the stigmas, and retake the leading role in identity negotiation processes from which Mexican Americans have been excluded because of cultural imperialism.
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