Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Island Girl Can't Swim is an exploration of romantic love by and about someone who seemingly does not understand it. Through different frameworks, those of Puerto Rico's colonialism, pop culture and personal experience, understanding is attempted within a society with rigid definitions of love. This rigidity extends beyond those of heteronormativity, nationality, and culture to include, and center, experience and what qualifies as love. Through a narrative constructed through poems with characters, such as Island Girl and her main love interest Border Boy, Island Girl Can't Swim blurs the lines of expectations among a variety of structures that are considered given, if the aforementioned are even acknowledged as structures at all.
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Laura Vazquez Lopez
Vazquez Lopez, Laura, "Island Girl Can't Swim" (2021). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 3364.