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Complicating <i>Cubanidad</i>

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

in On Latinidad

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030838
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030838.003.0005
Complicating Cubanidad

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This chapter discusses the dominant Cuban exile narrative of cubanidad or Cubanness. The U.S. Latino/Latina literature has very recently begun to address directly, and challenge, the element of surprise associated with the discovery of Chinese Cubans. The discussion examines two Cuban American novels, Monkey Hunting and Days of Awe, by Cristina Garcia and Achy Obejas respectively, against the backdrop of Cuban exile narratives that have posited a singular, white, and Catholic national identity for Cuba.

Keywords: Cuban exile narrative; cubanidad; Cubanness; U.S. Latino/Latina literature; Monkey Hunting; Days of Awe; national identity; Cuba

Chapter.  20559 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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