Faculty Book: Oscar Montero
José Martí: An Introduction
(Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, 2004; 160 pp.)
During 15 years of exile in New York City, José Martí (1853-95), Cuba's national hero, became a lucid reader of the culture and politics of the United States. As a poet, journalist, and political activist, Martí wrote on a range of topics, from literature, art, and politics in the United States to its shameful legacy of racism and its increasingly ambitious imperial designs. José Martí: An Introduction discusses these and other central topics in Martí's writings. The book synthesizes Martí's ideas, providing the historical context necessary to fully appreciate them. It highlights Martí's relevance not only as an important source of a Latino consciousness in the United States but also as prescient defender of the values of a true democracy. Montero is a professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages at Lehman College and The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: APR 17, 2004