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Afro-Cuban costumbrismo : from plantations to the slums

Author: Rafael Ocasio
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
A broad examination of representations of Afro-Cuban religious themes in literature and popular arts, focusing on how white authors of Costumbrismo literature represented black culture.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rafael Ocasio
ISBN: 9780813041643 0813041643
OCLC Number: 754725784
Description: xvii, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: nineteenth-century costumbrista writers on the slave trade and on black traditions in Cuba --
Cuban costumbrista portraits of slaves in sugarmills: essays by Anselmo Suárez y Romero --
Juan Francisco Manzano's autobiografía de un esclavo: self-characterization of an urban mulato fino slave --
Urban slaves and freed blacks: black women's objectification and erotic taboos --
The costumbristas' views of manly black males: uppity blacks and thugs --
Depictions of the horrific "unseen": Cuban Creole religious practices --
Conclusion. Costumbrista essays on blacks: nineteenth-century preconceived notions of civility.
Responsibility: Rafael Ocasio.


Costumbrismo, which refers to depictions of life in Latin America during the nineteenth century, introduced some of the earliest black themes in Cuban literature. Rafael Ocasio delves into this  Read more...
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