At the turn of the twentieth century, workers, anarchists, and intellectuals created a global resistance culture through print media, migration, and their radical imaginaries. The networks that animated this resistance culture gave way to the Counter-Republic of Letters. It was (and still operates as) a transnational intellectual community and means of communications between those that were cast outside Western modernity—that is, most of the world’s population. This essay explores how Luisa Capetillo became one of the many individuals who actively participated in the creation and expansion of the Counter-Republic of Letters in the Caribbean. In the process, she articulated multiple identities as a writer and a labor organizer. One hundred years after her death, Capetillo’s work carries radical potential and urgency in the present day.
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Research Article| November 01 2022
Luisa Capetillo and the Counter-Republic of Letters
Jorell A. Meléndez-Badillo
Jorell A. Meléndez-Badillo is assistant professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His most recent publications are The Lettered Barriada: Workers, Archival Power, and the Politics of Knowledge in Puerto Rico (2021) and Páginas libres: Breve antología del pensamiento anarquista en Puerto Rico (2021). He is currently completing a book titled “Puerto Rico: A National History.”
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 112–120.
Jorell A. Meléndez-Badillo; Luisa Capetillo and the Counter-Republic of Letters. Small Axe 1 November 2022; 26 (3 (69)): 112–120. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-10211709
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