Main Themes in Twentieth-century Afro-Hispanic Caribbean Poetry: A Literary Sociology (Hardback)Nicole Roberts
Hardback Published: 01/02/2009
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This book redresses an imbalance in Latin American scholarship, arguing for inclusion of more Afro-Hispanic poets in the Caribbean literary canon. The poets are Nancy Morejon, Pedro Perez Sarduy, Exilia Saldana, and Efrain Nadereau from Cuba, Aida Cartagena Portalatin, Blas Jimenez and Sherezada (Chiqui) Vicioso from The Dominican Republic and the Puerto Ricans Mayra Santos Febres and Magaly Quinones. Over the twentieth century Afro-Latin American and Caribbean Cultural studies were increasingly recognized, yet it remains clear that critical attention directed at the Hispanic Caribbean has tended to focus on Cuba, and within this area, only on the cultural production of certain black writers who have attained international recognition. This critical selectivity simultaneously privileges one group of writers as well as marks the exclusion or erasure of others from the Caribbean literary canon. The study begins with an introductory overview of the literary tradition of Black writing in the Hispanic Caribbean and provides a brief survey of the black poets to-date as well as areas which deserve critical historical regard. It then examines thematical concerns of the poets of the study, such as language nations and nationalism, imperialism, the Cuban Revolution, the role of women in society, blackness, black invisibility, race, color, race mixing, Pan-Caribbeanism as well as the defense of a strong positive Black identity. This vital text is an important addition to Caribbean scholarly contemplations as the Hispanic Caribbean and the world negotiates the twenty-first century.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd