Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Books and Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Free and open to the public

Organized by the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University

For more information or to confirm your attendance, contact

A post by Peter Jordens.

This book is neither simply a timeline narrative of Cuban history nor a traditional history of Cuban culture. Instead, it invites the reader to enter Cuban history from the perspective of the island’s uniquely creative cultural forms. As it does so, it traces that restless island as it ebbs and flows with the power, beauty, and longings of its culture and history. The book examines canonical figures like Martí, Ortiz, and Lezama as well as others not so canonical (rappers, performance artists, painters). The text freely roams through literature, film, music, Afro-Cuban religions, painting, and performance, providing insights into Cuban identity, nationalism, political discourse, choteo, and utopian longings in a new era of globalization.

Alan West-Durán is a poet, translator, critic, and essayist. He is the author of two books of poems, as well as a book of essays, Tropics of History: Cuba Imagined (1997). He also edited African Caribbeans: A Reference Guide (2003) and Latino and Latina Writers (2004), which includes over sixty full-length essays on Latino/a authors of the US. He is the editor-in-chief of the 2011 two-volume reference work titled Cuba: People, Culture, History. Dr West-Durán is a contributor to the website “Panoramas” and is the editor of the webzine “Cuban Counterpoints.” He is an Associate Professor of Latin American Studies in the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies at Northeastern University. He was head of the Latino/a, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies program from 2006-2012.

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