Dialogic Aspects in the Cuban Novel of the 1990s [Hardback]

Ángela Dorado-Otero(Author)

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ISBN: 9781855662711 | Published by: Tamesis Books | Series: Monografías A | Volume: Volume 333 | Year of Publication: 2014 | Language: English 299p, H9.25 x W6.25,
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Dialogic Aspects in the Cuban Novel of the 1990s

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This book examines six Cuban novels published between 1991 and 1999, all part of the new "boom" of the Cuban novel in the 1990s. It analyses how in undermining monolithic representations of reality these texts employ discursive techniques that question absolute truths, defy established boundaries of literary genres and challenge concepts of national, gender and individual identity. The authors studied in this book---Reinaldo Arenas, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Abilio Estévez, Daína Chaviano, Yanitzia Canetti, and Zoé Valdés---are placed beyond the dichotomy of outside and inside Cuba in order to focus on the fluidity and heterogeneity of Cuban culture displayed in its literature. This study establishes similarities and differences in the way these authors create polyphonic texts that question whether notions of country and nation coincide in novels that respond to economic hardship, political and social changes, issues of cubanía, and exile. Ángela Dorado-Otero is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Iberian and Latin American Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

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