New Book: “El Caribe literario, Trazados de convivencia”

A new collection of essays by Cuban scholar Emilio Jorge Rodríguez—El Caribe literario: Trazados de convivencia [The Literary Caribbean: Paths of Coexistence]—was recently published by Arte y Literatura publishers. This and several other books by this Cuban scholar are being introduced at the International Book Fair in Havana today.

Description: This volume, by Cuban scholar and essayist Jorge Emilio Rodriguez, presents perspectives on various topics related to Caribbean issues. This varied collection studies the work of writers from the region, the relationship between Panama and the Antilles, the analysis of Caribbean journals that have helped disseminate regional literature and culture, and a tribute to the Festival of Fire that takes place every year in Santiago de Cuba, are some of the areas addressed in these “Paths of Coexistence,” to show the cultural confluence and the ecumenical dimension of the Caribbean.

Emilio Jorge Rodríguez (Havana, Cuba; 1947), a graduate of the University of Havana, is an essayist and literary critic. He directed the Center for Caribbean Studies at Casa de las Américas, where he was a researcher from 1979 to 2000. Rodríguez was the founder and editor of Anales del Caribe (1981-2000). He was a recipient of the CUNY-Caribbean Exchange Program Research Fellowship (1992); he was an invited participant at the Africana Studies and Research Center’s Visiting Scholars’ Program sponsored by Cornell University/Ford Foundation (1994); he was the recipient of the Nicolás Guillén Foundation’s Research Fellowship (2001); and he has received multiple prizes for his essays and books. Among his many publications are his collections of essays on Caribbean literature Literatura caribeña: bojeo y cuaderno de bitácora (1989), Acriollamiento y discurso escrit/oral caribeño (2001), and Haití y la transcaribeñidad literaria (2012). His recent compilations on Caribbean writers include the bilingual edition of Corazón de Pelícano: Antología poética de Lasana M. Sekou /Pelican Heart: An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou (2010)—which has been published in Spanish as Musa desnuda (2012)—and Crónicas caribeñas de Alejo Carpentier (2012).

For more information, see http://feriadellibro.cubaliteraria.cu/libros.php?mes=02&dia=19 (in Spanish) and http://www.cubanow.cult.cu/pages/articulo.php?sec=17&t=2&item=10249 (in English)

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