The Cuban Condition
Translation and Identity in Modern Cuban Literature
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Cuban Condition by Gustavo Perez Firmat
Book DescriptionThe sense of the radical newness of Spanish America found in literary works from the chronicles of the conquest to the work of the criollistas has more recently given way to a stronger recognition of the transatlantic roots of much Spanish-American literature. This indebtedness does not imply subservience; rather, the New World's cultural and literary autonomy lies in the distinctive ways in which it assimilated its cultural inheritance. Professor Perez Firmat explores this process of assimilation or transculturation in the case of Cuba, and proposes a new understanding of the issue of Cuban national identity through revisionary readings of both literary and non-literary works by Juan Marinello, Fernando Ortiz, Nicolds Guillen, Alejo Carpentier and others, dating from the early decades of the twentieth century, a time of intense self-reflection in the nation's history. Using a critical vocabulary derived from these works, he argues that Cuban identity is translational rather than foundational and that cubania emerges from a nuanced, self-conscious recasting of foreign models.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521027328
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gustavo Perez Firmat
Life on the Hyphen, Paperback (May 2012)
With fascinating insights into how both ordinary and famous Cuban-Americans, including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, Gloria Estefan, and Jose Kozer, have lived "life on the hyphen," this is an expanded, updated edition of the classic, award-winning study of Cuban-American culture
Havana Habit, Paperback (February 2012)
Cuba, an island 750 miles long, with a population of about 11 million, lies less than 100 miles off the US coast. Yet the island's influences on America's cultural imagination are extensive and deeply ingrained. In this title, the author probes the importance of Havana, and of greater Cuba, in the cultural history of the United States.
Next Year in Cuba, Paperback / softback (January 2006)» View all books by Gustavo Perez Firmat
Poet, fiction, writer, and scholar Gustavo Perez Firmat writes a heartfelt memoir of a Cuban-American's lifelong search for identity and a sense of roots in his adopted land.
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