José Martí and the Future of Cuban Nationalisms Alfred J. López

ISBN: 9780813029993

Published: October 30th 2006

Hardcover

192 pages


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José Martí and the Future of Cuban Nationalisms  by  Alfred J. López

José Martí and the Future of Cuban Nationalisms by Alfred J. López
October 30th 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: 9780813029993 | 3.36 Mb

López examines the role of José Martí’s writing on concepts of Cuban nationalism that fueled the 1895 colonial revolution against Spain and have since continued to inform conflicting and violently opposed visions of the Cuban nation. He examines howMoreLópez examines the role of José Martí’s writing on concepts of Cuban nationalism that fueled the 1895 colonial revolution against Spain and have since continued to inform conflicting and violently opposed visions of the Cuban nation. He examines how the same body of work has come to be equally championed by opposing sides in the ongoing battle between the Cuban nation-state, which under Castro has consistently claimed Martí as a crucial inspiration for its Marxist revolutionary government, and the diasporic communities in Miami and elsewhere who still honor Martí as a figure of hope for the Cuban nation in exile.

He also shows how, more recently, Martí has become an international as well as national icon, as postcolonial and New Americanist scholars have appropriated parts of his writings and message for use in their own self-described “hemispheric” and even “planetary” critiques of Western imperialist projects in Latin America and beyond.As the first study to examine the impact of Martí’s writings on both Cubans and Cuban Americans and to consider the ongoing polemic over Martí as part of the larger postcolonial problem of nation building, López’s study also considers the more general issue of literature within nationalist projects.

He illuminates the common concepts and ideas that underlie the ongoing ideological chasm between the Cuban nation-state and the Cuban nation in exile and offers the possibility of a new way of reading and understanding notions of national identity that have historically both enabled and delimited the ways in which Latin Americans and U.S.

Hispanics have understood and defined themselves.



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