Unbecoming Blackness: The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America (American Literatures Initiative #3) (Paperback)

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2014 Runner-Up, MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies
In Unbecoming Blackness, Antonio L pez uncovers an important, otherwise unrecognized century-long archive of literature and performance that reveals Cuban America as a space of overlapping Cuban and African diasporic experiences.

L pez shows how Afro-Cuban writers and performers in the U.S. align Cuban black and mulatto identities, often subsumed in the mixed-race and postracial Cuban national imaginaries, with the material and symbolic blackness of African Americans and other Afro-Latinas/os. In the works of Alberto O'Farrill, Eusebia Cosme, R mulo Lachata er , and others, Afro-Cubanness articulates the African diasporic experience in ways that deprive negro and mulato configurations of an exclusive link with Cuban nationalism. Instead, what is invoked is an "unbecoming" relationship between Afro-Cubans in the U.S and their domestic black counterparts. The transformations in Cuban racial identity across the hemisphere, represented powerfully in the literary and performance cultures of Afro-Cubans in the U.S., provide the fullest account of a transnational Cuba, one in which the Cuban American emerges as Afro-Cuban-American, and the Latino as Afro-Latino.

About the Author


Antonio Lopez is Assistant Professor of English at George Washington University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780814765470
ISBN-10: 0814765475
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: November 26th, 2012
Pages: 282
Language: English
Series: American Literatures Initiative