Cuba and the New Origenismo

March 2010
216 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661950
Format: Hardback
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Cuba and the New Origenismo

James Buckwalter-Arias

1990s' Cuban literature, caught between a beleaguered socialism and an encroaching global capitalism.
The literary texts examined in this study were written in the 1990s, in the wake of a paradigm crisis for socialism and revolution. While Cuban literature was being re-commodified for an international publishing industry, various Cuban writers [Eliseo Alberto, Jesús Díaz, Leonardo Padura, Senel Paz, Antonio José Ponte] reclaimed the cultural movement associated with the magazine Orígenes [1944-1956].
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

Introduction: Orígenes Revisited
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


A valuable contribution to the growing corpus of scholarly work on the wider issue of the challenges and contradictions faced by Cuban culture in the twenty-first century ... A highly impressive study that is as broad and ambitious in scope as it is subtle and complex in its analysis. BULLETIN OF LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH

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