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Impossible ReturnsNarratives of the Cuban Diaspora$
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Iraida H. López

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061030

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061030.001.0001

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Daring to Go Back

Daring to Go Back

In Search of Traces

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Impossible Returns

Iraida H. López

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 looks at the ways in which the return trip is represented in autobiographical narratives by Ruth Behar, Román de la Campa, Emilio Bejel, and Tony Mendoza. The four writers occupy different slots within the one-and-a-half generation, yet all of their narratives betray both a reclaiming of memory in spaces left behind and the marked distance that has grown between the authors/narrators and their native land and culture. Although the relationship of the writers with their birthplace can be considered transnational, the chapter uses an elliptical trope, the notion of the postindexical, to explain the inevitable gaps between the past and present engagement with the island.

Keywords:   postindexical, one-and-a-half generation, autobiographical narratives, Ruth Behar, Román de la Campa, Emilio Bejel, Tony Mendoza

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