Cultural Erotics in Cuban Americaby Ricardo L. Ortiz
Pub. Date: 01/03/2007
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Miami is widely considered the center of Cuban-American culture. However vital to the diasporic communities’ identity, Miami is not the onlyor necessarily the most profoundsite of cultural production. Looking beyond South Florida, Ricardo L. Ortíz addresses the question of Cuban-American diaspora and cultural identity by exploring the… See more details below
Miami is widely considered the center of Cuban-American culture. However vital to the diasporic communities’ identity, Miami is not the onlyor necessarily the most profoundsite of cultural production. Looking beyond South Florida, Ricardo L. Ortíz addresses the question of Cuban-American diaspora and cultural identity by exploring the histories and self-sustaining practices of smaller communities in such U.S. cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.
In this wide-ranging work Ortíz argues for the authentically diasporic quality of postrevolutionary, off-island Cuban experience. Highlighting various forms of cultural expression, Cultural Erotics in Cuban America traces underrepresented communities’ responses to the threat of cultural disappearance in an overwhelming and hegemonic U.S. culture. Ortíz shows how the work of Cuban-American writers and artists challenges the heteronormativity of both home and host culture. Focusing on artists who have had an ambivalent, indirect, or nonexistent connection to Miami, he presents close readings of such novelists as Reinaldo Arenas, Roberto G. Fernández, Achy Obejas, and Cristina García, the playwright Eduardo Machado, the poet Rafael Campo, and musical performers Albita Rodríguez and Celia Cruz.
Ortíz charts the legacies of sexism and homophobia in patriarchal Cuban culture, as well as their influence on Cuban-revolutionary and Cuban-exile ideologies. Moving beyond the outdated cultural terms of the Cold War, he looks forward to envision queer futures for Cuban-American culture free from the ties to restrictiveindeed, oppressiveconstructions of nation, place, language, and desire.
Ricardo L. Ortíz is associate professor of English at Georgetown University.
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Table of Contents
Preface: Cuban America in Cuban English vii
Introduction: Diaspora and Disappearance 1
Bodies of, Bodies in Evidence
Pleasure's Exile: Reinaldo Arenas's Last Writing 43
Docile Bodies, Volatile Texts: Cuban-Exile Prison Writing 62
Revolution's Other Histories: Legacies of Roberto Fernandez Retamar's "Caliban" 91
From Exile to Diaspora
Hemispheric Vertigo: Cuba, Quebec, and Our (New) America 121
Cafe, Culpa, and Capital: Nostalgic Addictions of Cuban Exile 134
Beyond All Cuban Counterpoints: Eduardo Machado's floating Island Plays 156
Some Cuban/American Futures
Careers of Surplus Value in the Novels of Cristina Garcia 193
Sounding the Body Politic: Sono-Grammatics in Rafael Campo's Sonnet Corpus 229
Conclusion: On Our American Ground 270
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