Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Identity search more alive now
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 Material Information
Title: Identity search more alive now
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/15/1972
 Subjects
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Caribbean
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Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199624
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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Identity search



more alive now


THE Puerto Rican novel-
Ist and lecturer, Dr. Enrique
Laguerre, who left Guyana
yesterday aft participating
In Carifesta '72, has declared
that "people who don't know
Puerto Rico might think
that American presence in
Puerto Rico since 1898$ has
done away with our own
Puerto Rican cultural expres-
glon."
But, he added, "far from
that, the fact is that nowa-
days, there are more and
better cultivators of the arts
'nd the, search for identity
Is more- alive than ever."
In Puerto Rico, according
to Dr. Laguerre, artists
were engaged in serious
research covering political
history, gem graphy, literary
history and the sciences.
-Without doing away with
1he search for the Puerto
1tican identity, he added,
Artists endeavour to lead
Puerto Rico to universal re-
cognition." But he lamented
the inadequacy of literary
-reviews or periodicals to
-give expression to the Works0
of the artists.
" Speaking of '"Modern
Puerto Rican Literature", Dr.
jaguerre said that the most
distinguished peculiarity of
the Puerto Rican literature
at present "is its desperate
search of the Puerto Rican
being .. ,
"If you go by the pages of
books on, Puerto Rican his-
tory,i' he added, "folklore,
,hivels, poetry, theatre, you
-will notice that.. Now and
.then, you will have to face
-manifestations of a guilt
complex".
Speaking of the "modern-
lsmo movement" in Puerto
.Rico, Dr. Laguerre said that
it nourishes itself from the


Spanikh generation of 1898.
After 50 years of Aericaan
government in Puerto Rico,
he added, "we begin to look
back to the sources, of our
traditions...
"Avericanzation, : social
Americanization was a flop
from the start. Englsh was
established as our official
language in 1902; Spanish
was re-established as our
official language in 1941;
Alter almost h~alf
century of American Gov-
ernment, we could not ac-
cept English as our official
language.
"English", he said, '
taught In schools, but we
don't speak English at behoe.
We may have a reading
knowledge of English, but
we don't speak fluent Eng-
lish ... I like to read Eng-
lish and North American
literature. I admire English
and American writers. I
have even a greater admira-
tion. for North American
writers because among them
you cannot find an imporial-
ist like Ilpling .




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