In this article I examine the representation of bullying in Felita (1979) and Going
Home (1986), two novels by Nicholasa Mohr, an important but critically overlooked
author of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Using material from current research
in the social sciences as well as a close reading of the texts, I explore the emergence
of the female subject from behind her self-definition as a victim of girl-bullying.
The girl’s involvement with art enables her to move from the role of object to that
of subject. That involvement not only counteracts the negative effects of bullying
but also brings the girl to a deeper understanding of her culture and herself. That
the author would then reengage bullying episodes from these novels in a memoir
written later provides a powerful example of the author’s writing back to the tween
whose experiences inspired her work.