The Cuban Condition: Translation and Identity in Modern Cuban Literature

The Cuban Condition: Translation and Identity in Modern Cuban Literature

by Gustavo Perez Firmat
     
 

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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

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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 Pérez 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 Guillén, 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 cubanía emerges from a nuanced, self-conscious recasting of foreign models.

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ISBN-13:
9780521027328
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

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