By Thomas F Anderson
“Uncovers a wealth of literary texts, basically poems, that chart the effect of las comparsas, Afro-Cuban pageant dances, on mainstream Cuban existence. . . . Investigates the ways that the connection among racial and ethnic divisions, and among castes and sessions, created a literary flow complete to the brim with emotional and sensational resonances.”—Wasafiri
“Underscores the sociopolitical and historic contexts of those poems that have formed the literary creation and message of the Afrocubanismo circulation. . . . A journey de force.”—Callaloo
“Successfully plumbs the location of the Afro-Cuban performer and brings into sharp reduction the way in which politicians traditionally sought to impact all parts of Cuban culture.”—New West Indian Guide
Carnival and nationwide identification within the Poetry of Afrocubanismo deals thought-provoking new readings of poems by way of seminal Cuban poets, demonstrating how their writings affected the advance of a recognizable Afro-Cuban identification. Thomas Anderson examines the long-running debate among the proponents of Afro-Cuban cultural manifestations and the predominantly white Cuban intelligentsia, who seen those traditions as “backward” and counter to the pursuits of the younger Republic.
Including analyses of the paintings of Felipe Pichardo Moya, Alejo Carpentier, Nicolás Guillén, Emilio Ballagas, José Zacarías Tallet, Felix B. Caignet, Marcelino Arozarena, and Alfonso Camín, this rigorous, interdisciplinary quantity deals a clean examine the canon of Afrocubanismo and gives impressive insights into Cuban tradition through the early years of the Republic.
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