In J.L. Torres’s The Accidental Native (2013), Rennie moves back to his native Puerto Rico after being raised in the USA. There, he meets his true biological mother, as well as his future (female) partner. Rennie’s unawareness of her existence and Puerto Rico’s colonial situation interweaves maternal and romantic love with the island. Furthermore, their reunion pre-configures the birth of Rennie’s de/colonial consciousness. This analysis dialogues with representations of the United States as an oppressive patriarchal figure to the island, its inept child. A decolonial interpretation of J.L. Torres’ work proposes a familial configuration in which affective forces originating from female characters function as a tool of epistemic liberation against imperialist, patriarchal powers.
|Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos
|Accepted/In press - 2022
- Puerto Rico
- J.L. Torres
- The Accidental Native