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Introduction

Rafael Ocasio

in Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041643
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043913 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041643.003.0001
Introduction

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The Costumbrista writer was a White intellectual, whose biases reflected not only an upper-level social condition but also his privileged gender position. An underlying trait of Costumbrista essays is, however, the fact that these writers could not escape the allure of Black cultural by-products, some of which, such as music and religious practices, became common themes. With the exception of one case, there is no surviving comparable text of the time authored by a Black Cuban. Costumbrista essays are today the only surviving testimonials of emerging Black traditions as practiced throughout the nineteenth century.

Keywords: nineteenth-century Cuba; slave trade in Cuba; urban slaves in Cuba; Cuban Costumbrismo themes; Santeria; Regla Ocha; mula(t)to as literary theme

Chapter.  5191 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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