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Marta Caminero-Santangelo

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030838

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030838.001.0001

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Dirty Girls, German Shepherds, and Puerto Rican Independentistas

Dirty Girls, German Shepherds, and Puerto Rican Independentistas

“The Latino Imaginary” and the Case of Cuba

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On Latinidad

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses and addresses the sometimes uneasy fit that Cuban Americans have historically had with the imagined “Latino” collective. It looks at the ways in which various Cuban American writers—including Cristina Garcia, Achy Obejas, Margarita Engle, and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez—have explicitly attempted or, as in Engle's case, more implicitly attempted, to address and negotiate a relationship between Cuban Americans and a panethnic Latino whole.

Keywords:   Cuban Americans, Latino collective, writers, panethnic, relationship, Latino whole, Cristina Garcia, Achy Obejas, Margarita Engle, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

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