The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: NYU Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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This book hardly resembles the project I began while in the English Department at Rutgers University, but the confidence John McClure, Brent Edwards, and Bruce Robbins showed in me then has encouraged me ever since....
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One afternoon late in 1929, two Afro-Cuban men visited the Havana home of an Afro-Cuban woman to conduct an interview for a newspaper article. Nicolás Guillén was already known for his journalism and was on the way to becoming a renowned poet. His companion, Gustavo Urrutia, was a prominent figure in Afro-Cuban social and intellectual life as the editor of..
1 Alberto O’Farrill: A Negrito in Harlem
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In an April 1929 edition of the Diario de la Marina, two essays appeared side by side in “Ideales de una Raza”: “El teatro cubano” (Cuban Theater), published by Gustavo Urrutia in “Armonías,” and “El camino de Harlem” (The Road to Harlem) by Nicolás Guillén. In “Teatro,” Urrutia calls for a “modern Cuban...
2 Re/Citing Eusebia Cosme
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In a crypt in the Sunset Mausoleum of the Flagler Memorial Park on Flagler Street and Fifty-Third Avenue in Miami rest the remains of one of the most important Afro-Cuban women cultural figures of twentiethcentury Cuba and its U.S. diaspora. The crypt plate offers an identification: “Eusebia Cosme, Vda...
3 Supplementary Careers, Boricua Identifications
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Among the modern Afro-Cuban American performance identities and archival sites of the first part of the book, there was always a mainlandboricua presence: the Puerto Rican in the United States. O’Farrill appeared at the Teatro Apolo and Teatro...
4 Around 1979: Mariel, McDuffie, and the Afterlives of Antonio
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I turn now to the cultures of two 1979 Miami murders, seeing in them still other signs of the circulation of race in Cuban America. In March of that year, a white Cuban American was found dead on SW Eighth Street, killed as a consequence of his work in the illegal-drug economy. No one was ever charged in the...
5 Cosa de Blancos: Cuban American Whiteness and the Afro-Cuban-Occupied House
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During the 1990s, a narrative flashpoint appeared repeatedly in the works of Cuban American writers, particularly among those with origins in the first postrevolutionary migration (1959–1962): that of a return trip to Cuba. As even a brief selection shows, Cuban American return narratives of the 1990s signify in multiple ways. Pablo...
Conclusion: “Write the Word Black Twice”
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A few years ago, I discovered an article in a Spanish-language newspaper in Washington, DC, that, returning to it now, I realize connects to my work in a way I had failed to anticipate. It describes the lives of Latinas/ os of African descent in the area, and it makes a striking claim: while “in some studies” they are...
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About the Author
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Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2012