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Overview


First published in 1940 and long out of print, Fernando Ortiz’s classic work, Cuban Counterpoint is recognized as one of the most important books of Latin American and Caribbean intellectual history. Ortiz’s examination of the impact of sugar and tobacco on Cuban society is unquestionably the cornerstone of Cuban studies and a key source for work on Caribbean culture generally. Though written over fifty years ago, Ortiz’s study of the formation of a national culture in this region has significant implications for contemporary postcolonial studies.
Ortiz presents his understanding of Cuban history in two complementary sections written in contrasting styles: a playful allegorical tale narrated as a counterpoint between tobacco and sugar and a historical analysis of their development as the central agricultural products of the Cuban economy. Treating tobacco and sugar both as agricultural commodities and as social characters in a historical process, he examines changes in their roles as the result of transculturation. His work shows how transculturation, a critical category Ortiz developed to grasp the complex transformation of cultures brought together in the crucible of colonial and imperial histories, can be used to illuminate not only the history of Cuba, but, more generally, that of America as well.
This new edition includes an introductory essay by Fernando Coronil that provides a contrapuntal reading of the relationship between Ortiz’s book and its original introduction by the renowned anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. Arguing for a distinction between theory production and canon formation, Coronil demonstrates the value of Ortiz’s book for anthropology as well as Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American studies, and shows Ortiz to be newly relevant to contemporary debates about modernity, postmodernism, and postcoloniality.
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“The first and only comprehensive study of the West Indian people. Ortiz ushered the Caribbean into the thought of the twentieth century and kept it there.” —C. L. R. James
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822316169
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,426,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Fernando Ortiz (1881–1969) was one of Cuba’s most influential public intellectuals. His vast work on Cuban culture includes the five-volume work, Los instrumentos de la música afrocubana. Fernando Coronil is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Duke University Press Edition
Introduction
By Way of Prologue
I Cuban Counterpoint 3
II The Ethnography and Transculturation of Havana Tobacco and the Beginnings of Sugar in America
1 On Cuban Counterpoint 97
2 The Social Phenomenon of "Transculturation" and Its Importance 97
3 Concerning Tobacco Seed 103
4 Concerning the Low Nicotine Content of Cuban Tobacco 104
5 On How Tobacco was Discovered in Cuba by the Europeans 104
6 Tobacco Among the Indians of the Antilles 111
7 The Transculturation of Tobacco 183
8 On the Beginnings of the Sugar-Producing Industry in America 254
9 "Cachimbos" and "Cachimbas" 267
10 How the Sugar "Ingenio" Has Always Been the Favored Child of Capitalism 267
11 The First Transatlantic Shipments of Sugar 282
12 How Havana Tobacco Embarked Upon Its Conquest of the World 283
Glossary 311
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