Poets, Philosophers, Lovers
On the Writings of Giannina Braschi
The new collection of essays Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi was co-edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Tess O’Dwyer. It features a foreword by Ilan Stavans, more than a dozen essays by scholars across diverse fields, and a rare interview with Braschi about the buoyancy of poetry and life. This anthology explores the marvelous ways that her experimental literature shakes upside down our understanding of the world and wakes us to our higher expectations.
“At long last! Aldama and O’Dwyer have brought together a lineup of talent to match the vivacious audacity of Giannina Braschi,” writes Christopher González, Director of the Latinx Cultural Center at Utah State University. “Admirers of Braschi will feast on every sumptuous page of this book, and they’ll return to her lush storyworlds with renewed vigor. Poets, Philosophers, Lovers reveals the challenging necessity of this transformative Latinx author.”
(Latinx and Latin American Literature, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020).
United States of Banana
A Graphic Novel
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.
(Latinographix and Comic Studies, The Ohio State University Press, 2021).
Recommended by Midwest Book Review.