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The Politics of Race in PanamaAfro-Hispanic and West Indian Literary Discourses of Contention$
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Sonja Stephenson Watson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049861

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049861.001.0001

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Revising the Canon

Revising the Canon

Historical Revisionism in Carlos “Cubena” Guillermo Wilson’s Trilogy

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The Politics of Race in Panama

Sonja Stephenson Watson

University Press of Florida

This chapter highlights the novels of Panama's most well-known writer of West Indian ancestry, Carlos Guillermo Wilson, known in literary circles as Cubena. Wilson's works merit entry into the Panamanian literary canon for what canon critic Brown considers “informative content” because his novels give a voice to the Panamanian West Indian who has been silenced since he/she ventured across the Atlantic over a century ago. His trilogy, Chombo (a term of disrespect directed toward West Indians), Los nietos de Felicidad Dolores [The Grandchildren of Felicidad Dolores], and La misión secreta [The Secret Mission], is historical and rewrites the national discourse that has erased blackness from the national paradigm.

Keywords:   Chombo, Panama, Cubena, Blackness

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