Identity, Memory, and Diaspora
Voices of Cuban-American Artists, Writers, and Philosophers
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Offers a detailed picture of the lives of Cuban Americans through interviews with artists, writers, and philosophers.
This fascinating volume contains interviews with nineteen prominent Cuban-American artists, writers, and philosophers who tell their stories and share what they consider important for understanding their work. Struggling with issues of Cuban-American identity in particular and social identity in general, they explore such questions as how they see themselves, how they have dealt with the diaspora and their memories, what they have done to find a proper place in their adopted country, and how their work has been influenced by the experience. Their answers reveal different perspectives on art, literature, and philosophy, and the different challenges encountered personally and professionally. The interviews are gathered into three groups: nine artists, six writers, and four philosophers. An introductory essay for each group is included, and the interviews are accompanied by brief biographical notes, along with samples of the work of those interviewed.
Jorge J. E. Gracia is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Chair in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His many books include Race or Ethnicity? On Black and Latino Identity. Lynette M. F. Bosch is Professor of Art History at SUNY College at Geneseo and author of Cuban-American Art in Miami: Exile, Identity and the Neo-Baroque. Isabel Alvarez Borland is Monsignor Edward G. Murray Professor of Arts and Humanities at the College of the Holy Cross and author of Cuban-American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona.
"In a pleasing innovation, each interview is paired with a sample of the subject's work: stories and poems from the writers, essays from the philosophers, and a section of colour plates for the artists. The issues they discuss—language, the notion of home, the burdens of history and the freedoms of being in a new place—are resonant within the evolving concept of a transnational Caribbean. " — Caribbean Review of Books
"Testifying to the idea that Cuba is a traveling nation, and a long tradition of Cuban art, literature, and philosophical thought is flourishing outside the island, Identity, Memory, and Diaspora provides evidence that refutes the essentialist claim that this nation and its culture are confined within its geographical boundaries. " — Andrea O'Reilly Herrera, editor of Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced
"This impressive book provides a solid, insightful, and provocative approach to Cuban-American intellectual and artistic production. It highlights the transnational status of Cuba in a way that no other text of its kind has done. " — Raúl Rubio, Wellesley College