Disparaged and marginalized in the 1970s, the origenistas now constituted an emblem of literature's autonomy from the state and of its foundation in an authentic aesthetic sensibility. This neo-origenismo framed an ostensibly modernist literary utopia in the wreckage of a socialist utopia, at a historical moment in which both of these counter-hegemonic projects were overpowered by the culture industry of consumer capitalism.
The new origenismo thus speaks to the suspension of Cuban literature between the nation state and the transnational market, and indeed, to the suspension of Cuba itself between a beleaguered socialism and an encroaching global capitalism.
JAMES BUCKWALTER-ARIAS is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Hanover College, Indiana.
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Table of Contents
Inscribing the Paradigm: On Senel Paz's "El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo"
Gran Literatura and Socialist Cuba: On Jesús Díaz's Las palabras perdidas
From Repressive Instrument to Objet d'art: On Eliseo Alberto's Informe contra mí mismo
Cross Dressing and Party Politics: On Leonardo Padura's Máscaras
Mapping Orígenes: on Antonio José Ponte's El libro perdido de los Origenistas