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The Cuban Condition : Translation and Identity in Modern Cuban Literature - Gustavo Perez Firmat

The Cuban Condition

Translation and Identity in Modern Cuban Literature


Published: 15th May 2004
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The sense of the radical newness of Spanish America found in literary works from the chronicles of the conquest to the work of the criollistas has more recently given way to a stronger recognition of the transatlantic roots of much Spanish-American literature. This indebtedness does not imply subservience; rather, the New World's cultural and literary autonomy lies in the distinctive ways in which it assimilated its cultural inheritance. Professor P‚rez Firmat explores this process of assimilation or transculturation in the case of Cuba, and proposes a new understanding of the issue of Cuban national identity through revisionary readings of both literary and non-literary works by Juan Marinello, Fernando Ortiz, Nicolds Guill‚n, Alejo Carpentier and others, dating from the early decades of the twentieth century, a time of intense self-reflection in the nation's history. Using a critical vocabulary derived from these works, he argues that Cuban identity is translational rather than foundational and that cuban¡a emerges from a nuanced, self-conscious recasting of foreign models.

Mr. Cuba
The politics of enchantment
Cuban counterpoint
Nicol+ís Guill+¼n between the son and the sonnet
Mulatto madrigals
The discourse of the tropics
The creation of Juan Criollo
Shifting grounds
Land or language
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ISBN: 9780521327473
ISBN-10: 0521327474
Series: Cambridge History of Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 15th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.46