Unbecoming Blackness: The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America

Unbecoming Blackness: The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America

by Antonio Lopez
     
 

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In Unbecoming Blackness, Antonio López uncovers an important, otherwise unrecognized century-long archive of literature and performance that reveals Cuban America as a space of overlapping Cuban and African diasporic experiences.

López shows how Afro-Cuban writers and performers in theU.S. align Cuban black and mulatto identities, oftenSee more details below

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In Unbecoming Blackness, Antonio López uncovers an important, otherwise unrecognized century-long archive of literature and performance that reveals Cuban America as a space of overlapping Cuban and African diasporic experiences.

López shows how Afro-Cuban writers and performers in theU.S. align Cuban black and mulatto identities, often subsumed in the mixed-race and postracial Cuban national imaginaries, with the material and symbolic blackness of African Americans and other Afro-Latinas/os. In the works of Alberto O’Farrill, Eusebia Cosme, Rómulo Lachatañeré, and others, Afro-Cubanness articulates the African diasporic experience in ways that deprive negro and mulato configurations of an exclusive link with Cuban nationalism. Instead, what is invoked is an “unbecoming” relationship between Afro-Cubans in the U.S and their domestic black counterparts. The transformations in Cuban racial identity across the hemisphere, represented powerfully in the literary and performance cultures of Afro-Cubans in the U.S., provide the fullest account of a transnational Cuba, one in which the Cuban American emerges as Afro-Cuban-American, and the Latino as Afro-Latino.

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From the Publisher
Unbecoming Blackness promises to make a transformative impact on Cuban American Literary Studies; it will certainly put
López on the map as one of the field’s most important and groundbreaking scholars.”-Ricardo Ortiz,author of Cultural Erotics in Cuban America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814765494
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/26/2012
Series:
American Literatures Initiative
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
282
File size:
2 MB

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Unbecoming Blackness promises to make a transformative impact on Cuban American Literary Studies; it will certainly put López on the map as one of the field’s most important and groundbreaking scholars.”-Ricardo Ortíz,author of Cultural Erotics in Cuban America

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