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Contested Identities in Costa Rica: Constructions of the Tico in Literature and Film

Liz Harvey-Kattou


Costa Rica is a country known internationally for its eco-credentials, dazzling coastlines, and reputation as one of the happiest and most peaceful nations on earth. Beneath this façade, however, lies an exclusionary rhetoric of nationalism bound up in the concept of the tico, as many Costa Ricans refer to themselves. Beginning by considering the very idea of national identity and what this constitutes, this book explores the nature of the idealised tico identity, demonstrating the ways in which it has assumed a white supremacist, Central Valley-centric, patriarchal, heteronormative stance bas ... More

Keywords: Costa Rica, Tico, Postcolonial, National identity, Protest literature, Central American cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620054
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liz Harvey-Kattou, author
University of Westminster