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Faculty Book: Mauricio A. Font

Mauricio A. Font and Alfonso W. Quiroz, editors

The Cuban Republic and José Martí: Reception and Use of a National Symbol
(Lexington Books, 2006)


José Martí, poet, scholar, and revolutionary, contributed greatly to Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain. He has been hailed as an heroic martyr who inspired Cuban republican traditions, although he died before the formation of an independent republic. Traditionally nationalistic twentieth-century literature reinforced an uncritical idealization of Martí. However, recent new approaches have explored the formation, reception, uses, and abuses of the Martí myth. The essays in this volume explore the diverse representations and interpretations of Martí and they provide a critical analysis of the ways in which both the left and right have used his political and literary legacies to argue their version of contemporary Cuban “reality.” Mauricio Font is a professor of sociology at Queens College and The Graduate Center and director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies; Alfonso Quiroz is a professor of history at Baruch College and The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: DEC 9, 2005

Category: Faculty Books | Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages