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Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo: From Plantations to the Slums

Rafael Ocasio


Cuban Costumbrista writers reported the strong presence of African traditions developed by slaves and by freed Blacks as agents of a vigorous popular culture that was highly visible throughout the nineteenth century. In their handling of Black themes, Costumbristas addressed four main subjects: (1) the particularities of the sugar-cane plantation, rich in slave cultures (as performed in different formats of acculturation by both African and Creole or Cuban-born slaves); (2) the development of religious systems within rural and urban settings; (3) documentation of Black musical expressions; and ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century Cuba, Cuban Costumbrismo, Santeria, mulattoness, Afro-Cuban culture, abolitionist literature, slavery in Cuba

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813041643
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rafael Ocasio, author