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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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Vicarious Returns and a Usable Past in The Agüero Sisters, Days of Awe, and Loving Che

Vicarious Returns and a Usable Past in The Agüero Sisters, Days of Awe, and Loving Che

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(p.159) 5 Vicarious Returns and a Usable Past in The Agüero Sisters, Days of Awe, and Loving Che
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Impossible Returns
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Iraida H. López

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061030.003.0006

Chapter 5 examines the vicarious returns appearing in novels by Cristina García, Achy Obejas, and Ana Menéndez, the first two writers among the youngest members of the one-and-a-half generation, and the latter from the following generation. Yet, most of the work penned by these three writers revolves around Cuba, demonstrating the island’s continuing allure. The selected novels wrestle with somewhat overlooked aspects of Cuban culture, such as mestizaje, marginalized religions, and the private lives of revolutionary icons, all from the vantage point of women characters. Donning metaphorical guayaberas, García, Obejas, and Menéndez draw from a “usable past” (Lois Parkinson Zamora) that infuses all three novels with cubanidad.

Keywords:   Cristina García, Achy Obejas, Ana Menéndez, one-and-a-half generation, marginalized religions, revolutionary icons, usable past, mestizaje, cubanidad

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