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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature$
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Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta-Jara

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054940

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054940.001.0001

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ImagiNations from a History of Space to a History of Movement

ImagiNations from a History of Space to a History of Movement

Cuba between Island-World and World of Islands

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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature

Ottmar Ette

, Heike Scharm
University Press of Florida

This chapter provides a postnational perspective on Cuban history, culture, and its literature, from the moment of its invention until the Castro era. Many of our theories and epistemologies are informed by spatial and static views that keep us from recognizing the highly dynamic developments and processes at their base. As an alternative, Ette appeals to a transition from history informed by spatiality to a history shaped by movement. By examining the first examples of early modern cartography, Ette argues that Cuba had been perceived from the moment of discovery as a potential global island. Furthermore, the author cites prime examples of Cuban literature, among them the works of José Martí, that follow a logic of inclusion, not one of exclusion, based on a theory of global relationality. Given the fact that Cuban literature has been written on all continents—mostly in Spanish, but also on a translingual level in the respective languages of the countries of exile—the idea of Cuba as a global island could become part of a trans-areal archipelago, one built upon the foundation of symmetrical relations that develop a relational logic in accordance with the ongoing process of globalization.

Keywords:   globalization, cartography, Cuban history, Cuban literature, José Martí

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