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Identity, Memory, and Diaspora
Voices of Cuban-American Artists, Writers, and Philosophers
Identity, Memory, and Diaspora
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Jorge J. E. Gracia - Editor
Lynette M. F. Bosch - Editor
Isabel Alvarez Borland - Editor
SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
Price: $70.00 
Hardcover - 296 pages
Release Date: February 2008
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7317-7

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Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 296 pages
Release Date: January 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7318-4

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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.

“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

Interviewees include artists Mario Bencomo, María Brito, Humberto Calzada, Demi, Emilio Falero, Juan Carlos Llera, Alberto Rey, Arturo Rodríguez, and Baruj Salinas; writers Carlos Eire, Roberto Fernández, Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Pablo Medina, Ana Menéndez, and Virgil Suárez; philosophers Jorge J. E. Gracia, Oscar Martí, Ofelia Schutte, and Ernesto Sosa.

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.



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Table of Contents

Preface
Jorge J. E. Gracia

The Cuban Diaspora: A Brief Chronology

Part I. The Artists
Lynette M. F. Bosch

Identities
Baruj Salinas

A Sense of Place
Humberto Calzada

Art on Art
Emilio Falero

The Juggler
María Brito

If Quebec Were in the Tropics
Mario Bencomo

The Human Condition
Arturo Rodríguez

For the Children
Demi

A Search for Unity
Juan Carlos Llera

Landscapes of the Mind
Alberto Rey

The Artists' Work

Flow Up
Fuji-San
Baruj Salinas

Island in Crisis
Humberto Calzada

Across
Emilio Falero

Self-portrait as a Swan
María Brito

If Quebec Were in the Tropics II 
Mario Bencomo

Untitled
Arturo Rodríguez 

An Artist's First Painting
Demi 

Fear of Flight
Juan Carlos Llera 

Brown Trout—Hosmer Creek
Alberto Rey

Part II. The Writers
Isabel Alvarez Borland

Thinking in Images
Carlos Eire

What Sounds Good Also Rings True
Gustavo Pérez Firmat

A Baratan Experience
Pablo Medina

Writing Without Masks
Virgil Suárez

Escaping the Humors
Roberto Fernández

Crossing the Crest of Forgetting
Ana Menéndez

The Writers' Work

Treinta y Cinco
Carlos Eire

Fire in May
Tristeza de mamá
Gustavo Pérez Firmat

Driving Home
Rites of Spring
Russian Doll
Mirage
The Poet as an Old Man
Pablo Medina 

The Seed Collector
The Trouble with Frogs
Virgil Suárez

Nellie
Roberto Fernández

Travelling Fools
Ana Menéndez

Part III. The Philosophers
Jorge J. E. Gracia

Cuban, Hispanic, and Latina?
Ofelia Schutte

The Search for Identity Outside Miami
Jorge J. E. Gracia

Cuban American or Latin American?
Oscar Martí

Universalism or Particularism?
Ernesto Sosa

The Philosophers' Work

Identities in Tension
Ofelia Schutte
 
                                    
Ethnic Identity
Jorge J. E. Gracia

Breaking with the Past                              
Oscar Martí

Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, and Science                                       
Ernesto Sosa

Bibliography
About the Editors
Index 



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