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Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography
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Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography

Emily A. Maguire

Abstract

In the wake of independence from Spain in 1898, Cuba's intellectual avant-garde struggled to cast their country as a modern nation. They grappled with the challenges presented by the postcolonial situation in general and with the location of blackness within a narrative of Cuban-ness in particular. This study examines how a cadre of writers reimagined the nation and re-valorized Afro-Cuban culture through a textual production that incorporated elements of the ethnographic with the literary. To explore the potential of this encounter between established literary forms, developing ethnographic m ... More

Keywords: Cuban literature, blackness, Cuban ethnography, race, Afro-Cubanism, Lydia Cabrera, Fernando Ortiz, Nicolás Guillén, Alejo Carpentier, Zora Neale Hurston

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037479
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037479.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily A. Maguire, author