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Afrocuba : An Anthology of Cuban Writing on Race, Politics and Culture - Pedro Perez Sarduy


An Anthology of Cuban Writing on Race, Politics and Culture

By: Pedro Perez Sarduy (Editor), Jean Stubbs (Editor)

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This anthology looks at the AfroCuban experience through the eyes of the island’s writers, scholars and artists. "A rich portrait of AfroCuba—one of the most vibrant and least well-documented of the black Caribbean diasporas."—Stuart Hall



An insightful look at Cuba’s rich ethnic and cultural reality.


What is it like to be black in Cuba? Does racism exist in a revolutionary society that claims to have abolished it? How does the legacy of slavery and segregation live on in today’s Cuba?


Essays, poetry, extracts from novels, anthropological studies and political analysis are brought together by editors Jean Stubbs and Pedro Pérez to create an outstanding anthology of Cuban scholars, writers and artists. Drawing on an extensive knowledge of Cuba, the editors have produced a multi-faceted insight into Cuba’s right ethnic and cultural reality.


The book is divided into three sections: The Die is Cast, Myth and Reality and Redrawing the Line, introducing the reader to a wide range of previously unavailable Cuban authors, in which dissenting voices speak alongside established writers, such as Fernando Ortiz.



Jean Stubbs is a professor of Caribbean and Latin American History at the University of North London. She has been a visiting associate professor at Hunter College, CUNY (New York) and Rockefeller scholar at the University of Florida (Gainesville), the University of Puerto Rico and Florida International University. Stubbs has published several other books, including Cuba: The Test of Time.


Pedro Pérez Sarduy is an AfroCuban poet and journalist. He was writer-in-residence at Columbia University and a Rockefeller visiting scholar at the University of Florida (Gainesville) and the University of Puerto Rico. He has been the recipient of several literary awards and regularly undertakes speaking tours in the United States.



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"A rich portrait of AfroCuba--one of the most vibrant and least well-documented of the black Caribbean diasporas."

Acknowledgements and note on terminologyp. 1
Introduction: The rite of social communionp. 3
For a Cuban integration of whites and blacksp. 27
The die is cast
The 19th century black fearp. 37
Mariana and Maceop. 47
People without a historyp. 55
Drum balladp. 60
Claudio Jose Domingo Brindis de Salasp. 64
Back to Africap. 67
Solutions to the black problemp. 77
Times I walk with my fatherp. 91
The 20th century black questionp. 92
Myth and reality
Imaginary dialogue on folklorep. 109
An initiation ceremony in Regla de Palop. 117
The principle of multiple representationp. 121
Abakua signsp. 125
Sara, one way or anotherp. 128
The Orishas in Cubap. 137
The strokes of magical realism in Manuel Mendivep. 146
Bembesianap. 154
Aserep. 157
Ifa saysp. 159
Ofumellip. 163
Maria Antoniap. 169
Adire and broken timep. 180
Redrawing the line
Birth of a national culturep. 195
A white problem: Reinterpreting Cecilia Valdesp. 204
The black and white in the narrative of Alejo Carpentierp. 214
Runaway storyp. 222
Race and nationp. 227
Rethinking the plantationp. 238
Matildap. 243
The maidsp. 250
Questions only she can answerp. 262
The true doorp. 263
Images and iconsp. 264
Rey Spencer's swingp. 273
Notes on contributorsp. 287
Glossaryp. 297
Bibliographical notep. 303
Indexp. 306
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ISBN: 9781875284412
ISBN-10: 1875284419
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 309
Published: 1st July 2002
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.17  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1