TITLE

The Spirit of Martí in the Land of Coaybay

AUTHOR(S)
Price, Rachel
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
Hispanic Review;Spring2009, Vol. 77 Issue 2, p245
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
This article analyzes a shift in Republican-era Cuban literature from a preoccupation with romantic notions of sovereignty to concerns with neocolonial status and consumption, as read through representations of José Marti's relics and spirit. Examining works by José Antonio Ramos, Bonifacio Byrne, and José Lezama Lima, among others, I argue that Marti's ghostly return in post-1902 literature may be attributed to multiple, but related factors: (1) his prophetic measures were stymied in neocolonial Cuba; (2) the nation as such—even Martí's re-imagination of it—remains haunted by what it excludes; and (3) Martí's status as a specter, a material form of the immaterial, mirrors a Republican Cuba whose sovereignty and territory were eviscerated by foreign capital.
ACCESSION #
40505854

 

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