This book examines six polyphonic Cuban novels, published between 1991 and 1999. All the novels studied here, part of the new 'boom' of the Cuban novel in the 1990s, subvert homogenized views of Cuban identity, and this book analyses how, in undermining monolithic representations of reality, these polyphonic texts employ discursive techniques that question absolute truths, defy established boundaries of literary genres and challenge concepts of national, gender and individual identity. In this book, the authors studied (Reinaldo Arenas, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Abilio Estévez, Daína Chaviano, Yanitzia Canetti, and Zoé Valdés) are placed beyond the dichotomy of outside and inside Cuba, 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. ngela Dorado-Otero is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Iberian and Latin American Studiesat Queen Mary University of London.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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