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On LatinidadU.S. Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity$
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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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Complicating Cubanidad

Complicating Cubanidad

Novels of Achy Obejas and Cristina García

(p.93) 4 Complicating Cubanidad
On Latinidad

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the dominant Cuban exile narrative of cubanidad or Cubanness. The U.S. Latino/Latina literature has very recently begun to address directly, and challenge, the element of surprise associated with the discovery of Chinese Cubans. The discussion examines two Cuban American novels, Monkey Hunting and Days of Awe, by Cristina Garcia and Achy Obejas respectively, against the backdrop of Cuban exile narratives that have posited a singular, white, and Catholic national identity for Cuba.

Keywords:   Cuban exile narrative, cubanidad, Cubanness, U.S. Latino/Latina literature, Monkey Hunting, Days of Awe, national identity, Cuba

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