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Unbecoming Blackness: The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America

Antonio Lopez


This book uncovers an important, otherwise unrecognized century-long archive of literature and performance that reveals Cuban America as a space of overlapping Cuban and African diasporic experiences. It shows how Afro-Cuban writers and performers in the U.S. align Cuban black and mulatto identities, often subsumed in the mixed-race and postracial Cuban national imaginaries, with the material and symbolic blackness of African Americans and other Afro-Latinas/os. In the works of Alberto O'Farrill, Eusebia Cosme, Rómulo Lachatañeré, and others, Afro-Cubanness articulates the African diasporic ex ... More

Keywords: Cuban America, Cuban diasporic experience, African diasporic experience, Afro-Cuban writers, African Americans, Afro-Latinas, Afro-Latinos, Afro-Cubanness, Cuban racial identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814765463
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814765463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antonio Lopez, author

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