A Place of Our Own: The Representation of Space in Te di la vida entera, La novela de mi vida, Animal Tropical & Dreaming in Cuban

by Martinez, Manuel

Abstract (Summary)
The present study analyzes the representation of space in four contemporary Cuban novels (Te di la vida entera, La novela de mi vida, Animal Tropical, Dreaming in Cuban). For the purposes of this study, space is defined as a zone of political and cultural negotiation. This definition is based on the concepts set forth by Edward Soja in his book Thirdspace and Homi Bhabha in his book The Location of Culture. The study bases its textual analysis on the theoretical work of Fernando Ortíz, Antonio Benítez Rojo, and Gustavo Pérez Firmat. These theoreticians suggest that there is a particularly Cuban way of negotiating with Cuban and non-Cuban space. This study seeks to identify patterns of representation in the four novels and analyzes them. Patterns are analyzed in the representation of Havana, exile, and the use of nostalgia. This study also suggests a mechanism whereby one can identify degrees of representation as being either relatively closer or farther away from the model suggested by the three theorists.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:thirdspace ajiaco cuba havana habana espacio space cuban culture exile nostalgia


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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