Cuban Condition by Gustavo Perez Firmat
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Cuban Condition
By Gustavo Perez Firmat

The Cuban Condition

Translation and Identity in Modern Cuban Literature

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Cuban Condition by Gustavo Perez Firmat

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The 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521327473
ISBN-10: 0521327474
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 196
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Havana Habit by Gustavo Perez Firmat Havana Habit, Paperback (February 2012)

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Cuban Condition by Gustavo Perez Firmat Cuban Condition, Paperback (November 2006)

Firmat explores the process of assimilation or transculturation in the case of Cuba, and proposes a new understanding of the issue of Cuban national identity.

Next Year in Cuba by Gustavo Perez Firmat Next Year in Cuba, Paperback / softback (January 2006)

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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