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February 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
This book proposes an affective reading of twentieth-century Afro-Cuban literature through its focus on a set of concerns ranging from the filial to the erotic. Existing scholarship on black Cuban literature tends to privilege national political and economic discourses often focusing solely on the dynamics of race in the Revolution and the place of the black writer/artist within the nation’s cultural institutions. And while there is substantial engagement with feminist and queer articulations of desire within Cuban literary studies, there remains an urgent need for a sustained analysis of black Cuban writing which investigates its preponderant concerns with themes of family, love and erotic politics-a need fully addressed in this timely book.
About the Author:
CONRAD MICHAEL JAMES is Associate Professor of World Cultures and Literatures at the University of Houston.