Life on the Hyphen

  • Filename: life-on-the-hyphen.
  • ISBN: 9780292742864
  • Release Date: 2012-04-18
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Gustavo Pérez Firmat
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press



An expanded, updated edition of the classic study of Cuban-American culture, this engaging book, which mixes the author’s own story with his reflections as a trained observer, explores how both famous and ordinary members of the “1.5 Generation” (Cubans who came to the United States as children or teens) have lived “life on the hyphen”—neither fully Cuban nor fully American, but a fertile hybrid of both. Offering an in-depth look at Cuban-Americans who have become icons of popular and literary culture—including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, musician Pérez Prado, and crossover pop star Gloria Estefan, as well as poets José Kozer and Orlando González Esteva, performers Willy Chirino and Carlos Oliva, painter Humberto Calzada, and others—Gustavo Pérez Firmat chronicles what it means to be Cuban in America. The first edition of Life on the Hyphen won the Eugene M. Kayden National University Press Book Award and received honorable mentions for the Modern Language Association’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Book Award.

Life on the Hyphen

  • Filename: life-on-the-hyphen.
  • ISBN: 9780292735996
  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Gustavo Pérez Firmat
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press



With fascinating insights into how both ordinary and famous Cuban-Americans, including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, Gloria Estefan, and José Kozer, have lived 'life on the hyphen', this is an expanded, updated edition of the classic, award-winning study of Cuban-American culture.

ReMembering Cuba

  • Filename: remembering-cuba.
  • ISBN: 0292731477
  • Release Date: 2001-06-15
  • Number of pages: 325
  • Author: Andrea O’Reilly Herrera
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press



One hundred testimonies on the Cuban diaspora are gathered together from narratives, interviews, creative writing, letters, journal entries, photographs, and paintings to capture the strong emotions surrounding this ongoing ordeal. Simultaneous.

Muslim American Youth

  • Filename: muslim-american-youth.
  • ISBN: 9780814740392
  • Release Date: 2008-07-12
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Selcuk R. Sirin
  • Publisher: NYU Press



Uses the results of surveys, identity maps, and focus groups to explore how Muslim American teenagers and young adults cope with being both American and Muslim.

The Hispanic Condition

  • Filename: the-hispanic-condition.
  • ISBN: 0060170050
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 242
  • Author: Ilan Stavans
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers



Examines the five major Hispanic groups--including Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans--describes their cultural characteristics, and draws conclusions about their eventual role in mainstream America.

From Bomba to Hip hop

  • Filename: from-bomba-to-hip-hop.
  • ISBN: 0231110774
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 265
  • Author: Juan Flores
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press



"Essential reading for understanding both national and panethnic issues that influence cultural expression and the construction of Puerto Rican identity in the US. Analyzes distinctiveness of Puerto Rican culture in New York in relation to that of other US Latino groups. Theoretically grounded essays address many of the contradictions behind the complex process of identity construction among Puerto Ricans and other Latinos. Focuses on popular music and literature"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Bilingual Being

  • Filename: bilingual-being.
  • ISBN: 9780773541191
  • Release Date: 2013-04-01
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Kathleen Saint-Onge
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP



An intimate memoir of a bilingual childhood in Quebec at mid-century that shows how language can reshape a life after trauma.

Desire Unlimited

  • Filename: desire-unlimited.
  • ISBN: 1859847781
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 217
  • Author: Paul Julian Smith
  • Publisher: Verso



In the last decade, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has grown from critical darling of the film circuit scene to mainstream success. Frequently comic, often deadly serious, always visually glorious, his recent films range from the Academy Award-winning drama Talk to Her to the 2011 horror film The Skin I Live In. Though they are ambitious and varied in style, each is a distinctive innovation on the themes that have defined his work. Desire Unlimited is the classic film-by-film assessment of Almodóvar's oeuvre, now updated to include his most recent work. Still the only study of its kind in English, it vigorously confirms its original argument that beneath Almodóvar's genius for comedy and visual pleasure lies a filmmaker whose work deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness. From the Hardcover edition.

Love InshAllah

  • Filename: love-inshallah.
  • ISBN: 9781593764739
  • Release Date: 2012-02-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Nura Maznavi
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press



In this groundbreaking collection, American Muslim women writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of flirting, dating, longing, and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search for love can be—from singles' events and college flirtations to arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist. These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in the big city as she takes a chance on a Muslim speed-dating event. Another tells of a shy student from a liberal college town who falls in love online and must reveal her secret to her conservative family. A third recounts a Southern girl who surprises herself by agreeing to an arranged marriage, unexpectedly finding the love of her life. These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable.

Revolutionary Cuba

  • Filename: revolutionary-cuba.
  • ISBN: 0813062012
  • Release Date: 2016-03-08
  • Number of pages: 408
  • Author: Luis Martinez-Fernandez
  • Publisher:



"A remarkable achievement. The most comprehensive, synthetic, and systematic appraisal of the Cuban Revolution to date."--Jorge Duany, author of Blurred Borders "Passionate and balanced, Luis Martínez-Fernández guides the reader expertly through the seemingly endless twists, turns, and detours of the Cuban Revolution."--Gustavo Pérez Firmat, author of Life on the Hyphen This is the first book in more than three decades to offer a complete and chronological history of revolutionary Cuba, including the years of rebellion that led to the revolution. Beginning with Batista's coup in 1952, which catalyzed the rebels, and bringing the reader to the present-day transformations initiated by Raúl Castro, Luis Martínez-Fernández provides a balanced interpretive synthesis of the major topics of contemporary Cuban history. Expertly weaving the myriad historic, social, and political forces that shaped the island nation during this period, Martínez-Fernández examines the circumstances that allowed the revolution to consolidate in the early 1960s, the Soviet influence throughout the latter part of the Cold War, and the struggle to survive the catastrophic Special Period of the 1990s after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. He tackles the island's chronic dependence on sugar production that, starting with the plantations centuries ago, continues to shape Cuba's culture and society today. He analyzes the revolutionary pendulum that continues to swing between idealism and pragmatism, focusing on its effects on the everyday lives of the Cuban people, and--bucking established trends in Cuban scholarship--Martínez-Fernández systematically integrates the Cuban diaspora into the larger discourse of the revolution. Concise, well written, and accessible, this book is an indispensable survey of the history and themes of the socialist revolution that forever changed Cuba and the world.

Lydia Cabrera and the Construction of an Afro Cuban Cultural Identity

  • Filename: lydia-cabrera-and-the-construction-of-an-afro-cuban-cultural-identity.
  • ISBN: 9780807876282
  • Release Date: 2005-11-16
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Edna M. Rodríguez-Plate
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press



Lydia Cabrera (1900-1991), an upper-class white Cuban intellectual, spent many years traveling through Cuba collecting oral histories, stories, and music from Cubans of African descent. Her work is commonly viewed as an extension of the work of her famous brother-in-law, Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz, who initiated the study of Afro-Cubans and the concept of transculturation. Here, Edna Rodriguez-Mangual challenges this perspective, proposing that Cabrera's work offers an alternative to the hegemonizing national myth of Cuba articulated by Ortiz and others. Rodriguez-Mangual examines Cabrera's ethnographic essays and short stories in context. By blurring fact and fiction, anthropology and literature, Cabrera defied the scientific discourse used by other anthropologists. She wrote of Afro-Cubans not as objects but as subjects, and in her writings, whiteness, instead of blackness, is gazed upon as the "other." As Rodriguez-Mangual demonstrates, Cabrera rewrote the history of Cuba and its culture through imaginative means, calling into question the empirical basis of anthropology and placing Afro-Cuban contributions at the center of the literature that describes the Cuban nation and its national identity.

Life Behind the Lobby

  • Filename: life-behind-the-lobby.
  • ISBN: 9780804782029
  • Release Date: 2012-04-25
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Pawan Dhingra
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press



Indian Americans own about half of all the motels in the United States. Even more remarkable, most of these motel owners come from the same region in India and—although they are not all related—seventy percent of them share the surname of Patel. Most of these motel owners arrived in the United States with few resources and, broadly speaking, they are self-employed, self-sufficient immigrants who have become successful—they live the American dream. However, framing this group as embodying the American dream has profound implications. It perpetuates the idea of American exceptionalism—that this nation creates opportunities for newcomers unattainable elsewhere—and also downplays the inequalities of race, gender, culture, and globalization immigrants continue to face. Despite their dominance in the motel industry, Indian American moteliers are concentrated in lower- and mid-budget markets. Life Behind the Lobby explains Indian Americans' simultaneous accomplishments and marginalization and takes a close look at their own role in sustaining that duality.

A Companion to Post 1945 America

  • Filename: a-companion-to-post-1945-america.
  • ISBN: 0631223258
  • Release Date: 2002-09-27
  • Number of pages: 608
  • Author: Jean-Christophe Agnew
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell



A Companion to Post-1945 America is an original collection of 34 essays by key scholars on the history and historiography of Post-1945 America. Covers society and culture, people and movements, politics and foreign policy Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic Includes book review section on essential readings

Cuban American Literature and Art

  • Filename: cuban-american-literature-and-art.
  • ISBN: 9780791493724
  • Release Date: 2009-01-26
  • Number of pages: 234
  • Author: Isabel Alvarez Borland
  • Publisher: SUNY Press



Explores how Cuban Americans negotiate bicultural identities through cultural production.

The Logic of Fetishism

  • Filename: the-logic-of-fetishism.
  • ISBN: 0838755828
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: James J. Pancrazio
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press



"Through a logic of fetishism, Carpentier's characters and narrators are always at the crossroads: they are self and other, Latin American and European, African and American, contrite and unrepentant, masculine and feminine. Literary fetishism, surprisingly, not only marks the space of representation, but also provides a powerful critical lens to examine Carpentier's fiction."--Jacket.

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