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March 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Jorge Duany & Carmen Haydée Rivera


March 10, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Books & Books and FIU’s Cuban Research Institute presents…



Cuba and Puerto Rico: Transdisciplinary Approaches to History, Literature, and Culture

(University of Florida Press, $45.50)

Friday, March 10th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books and FIU’s Cuban Research Institute are thrilled to present an evening with Jorge Duany & Carmen Haydée Rivera, discussing their book: Cuba and Puerto Rico: Transdisciplinary Approaches to History, Literature, and Culture (University of Florida Press, $45.50).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

The intertwined stories of two archipelagos and their diasporas.

This volume is the first systematic comparative study of Cuba and Puerto Rico from both a historical and contemporary perspective. In these essays, contributors highlight the interconnectedness of the two archipelagos in social categories such as nation, race, class, and gender to encourage a more nuanced and multifaceted study of the relationships between the islands and their diasporas.

Topics range from historical and anthropological perspectives on Cuba and Puerto Rico before and during the Cold War to cultural and sociological studies of diasporic communities in the United States. The volume features analyses of political coalitions, the formation of interisland sororities, and environmental issues.

Along with sharing a similar early history, Cuba and Puerto Rico have closely intertwined cultures, including their linguistic, literary, food, musical, and religious practices. Contributors also discuss literature by Cuban and Puerto Rican authors by examining the aesthetics of literary techniques and discourses, the representation of psychological space on the stage, and the impacts of migration.

Showing how the trajectories of both archipelagos have been linked together for centuries and how they have diverged recently, Cuba and Puerto Rico offers a transdisciplinary approach to the study of this intricate relationship and the formation of diasporic communities and continuities.



About the Editors:

Jorge Duany is director of the Cuban Research Institute and professor of anthropology at Florida International University in Miami. He previously served as acting dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He has published twenty-two books, including Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora and Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Carmen Haydée Rivera is professor in the Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She previously served as dean of academic affairs and interim chancellor for the UPR- Río Piedras campus. Her publications include a coedited collection of essays, Writing Off the Margin: New Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, and a critical biography titled Border Crossings and Beyond: The Life and Works of Sandra Cisneros.