Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Emily A. Maguire

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037479

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037479.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 28 October 2021

A Folklore for the Future:

A Folklore for the Future:

Race and National Narrative in Cuba

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction A Folklore for the Future:
Source:
Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography
Author(s):

Emily A. Maguire

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037479.003.0001

This chapter outlines the challenges facing Cuba's construction of itself as a modern nation in the wake of its independence from Spain. To address Cuba's postcolonial condition (including the existence of racial others), Cuban writers borrowed freely from both ethnographic and literary conventions to create texts that could mediate the distance between Cuba's lived reality and the nation these intellectuals were engaged in reimagining. As the chapter chronicles Cuban race relations up to and following independence, it traces the representation of blackness in literature of the period. It also outlines the development of ethnography and examines the conditions that influenced the creation of a literature with an “ethnographic spirit,” designed to harness and at the same time neutralize cultural blackness on the island in order to identify Cuba as a modern nation.

Keywords:   race, Cuba, ethnography, Cuban literature, blackness, nation

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .