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Vega, Ana Lydia (1946–)

Vega, Ana Lydia (1946–)

Puerto Rican writer. Born Dec 6, 1946, in Santurce, Puerto Rico; dau. of Virgilio Vega and María Santana (gradeschool teacher); m. Robert Villanúa (French poet); children: 1.

Writer of fiction and nonfiction, who sought to distinguish a Caribbean identity and create a distinctively Puerto Rican literature, studied literature in France (1968–78); returned to Puerto Rico and published feminist critique Vírgenes y mártires (Virgins and Martyrs, 1982); wrote film scripts, including La Gran Fiesta (The Big Party, 1987); combined autobiographical essays and social commentary in Esperando a Loló y otros delirios generacionales (Waiting for Loló and Other Generational Deliriums, 1994). Received Emilio S. Belaval Award for short story "Pollito Chicken" (Little Chicken Chicken, 1978), Circle of Iberoamerican Writers and Poets award (1979) for short story "Puerto Principe Abajo" (Down Puerto Principe), Casa de las Américas award for Encancaranublado y otros cuentos de naufragio (Encancaranublado and Other Stories of Shipwreck, 1982), and Juan Rulfo International Award (1984).

See also David J. Labiosa, Ana Lydia Vega: Linguistic Women and Another Counterassault, or Can the Master(s) Hear? (1996).

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