By Emily A. Maguire
“Maguire’s shut readings of ladies ethnographers like Lydia Cabrera and Zora Neale Hurston lead to a really unique method of facing the subject of race and the way it overlaps with the kinds of gender. amazing work!”—James Pancrazio, writer of The common sense of Fetishism: Alejo Carpentier and the Cuban Tradition
"Ingeniously tells the tale of the tensions among artist and ethnographer that tell the Cuban nationwide narrative of the 20th century. Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography is vital examining for a wide viewers of scholars and students alike inside Caribbean, American, and African Diaspora studies."--Jaqueline Loss, writer of Cosmopolitanisms and Latin America
In the wake of independence from Spain in 1898, Cuba’s highbrow avant-garde struggled to forged their nation as a contemporary state. They grappled with the demanding situations provided by way of the postcolonial state of affairs normally and with the site of blackness inside a story of Cuban-ness in particular.
during this step forward learn, Emily Maguire examines how a cadre of writers reimagined the kingdom and re-valorized Afro-Cuban tradition via a textual creation that included components of the ethnographic with the literary. Singling out the paintings of Lydia Cabrera as emblematic of the experimentation with style that characterised the age, Maguire constructs a chain of counterpoints that position Cabrera’s paintings in discussion with that of her Cuban contemporaries—including Fernando Ortiz, Nicolás Guillén, and Alejo Carpentier. An illuminating ultimate bankruptcy on Cabrera and Zora Neale Hurston widens the scope to contextualize Cuban texts inside of a hemispheric move to symbolize black culture.
Emily A. Maguire is associate professor of Spanish at Northwestern University.