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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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Toward a Boomerang Aesthetic

Toward a Boomerang Aesthetic

The View from the Island

(p.194) 6 Toward a Boomerang Aesthetic
Impossible Returns

Iraida H. López

University Press of Florida

Highlighting the representation of exiles and the one-and-a-half generation as well as recent émigrés, this chapter explores the view from Cuba and the kind of reception those who decide to return can expect from the Cubans who stayed. For historical reasons, the understanding of exile and treason as synonymous terms embraced by the Cuban political leadership until the late 1970s has been replaced with a more open acceptance of emigration as well as returning. Unlike exiles, émigré artists and writers today are now able to engage in two-way travel with relative ease, enabling them to adopt a “boomerang aesthetic” that assimilates various influences from around the world.

Keywords:   one-and-a-half generation, view from Cuba, émigré artists, boomerang aesthetic, representation of exiles

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