Books About Giannina Braschi
Poets, Philosophers, Lovers
On the Writings of Giannina Braschi
(Latinx and Latin American Literature, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020).
United States of Banana
A Graphic Novel
(Latinographix and Comic Studies, The Ohio State University Press, 2021).
I was a monument to immigration—now I’m a border control cop.” So admits the Statue of Liberty in Giannina Braschi’s United States of Banana, a rollicking and nakedly political allegory of US imperialism and Puerto Rican independence. Illustrated by Swedish comic book artist Joakim Lindengren and based on Braschi’s epic manifesto by the same title, this graphic novel takes us along on the madcap adventures of Zarathustra, Hamlet, and Giannina herself as they rescue the Puerto Rican prisoner Segismundo from under the skirt of the Statue of Liberty. Throughout their quest, these characters debate far-ranging political and philosophical subjects, spanning terrorism, global warming, mass incarceration, revolution, and love. The Marx Brothers, Pablo Neruda, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Disney characters and more make appearances in this stirring call to overthrow empire, liberate the imprisoned masses, and build a new world rooted in friendship, art, poetry, and laughter.
The work opens with an introduction by Amanda M. Smith and Amy Sheeran and closes with discussion questions as a classroom guide to teaching United States of Banana, A Graphic Novel.
Latinx Philosophy Philosophy, Latinx poetry, Latinx philosophers