• Heroísmo y conciencia racial en la poeta afro-cubana Cristina Ayala

    Author(s):
    Maria Alejandra Aguilar Dornelles (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century, LLC 19th-Century Latin American, LLC Cuban and Cuban Diasporic, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    Caribbean literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    npm17
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6QK8J
    Abstract:
    This article examines the poetry of Cuban writer Cristina Ayala emphasizing the political value of her use of a rhetoric of heroism, a discursive device that masks her demands for recognition of women’s rights and those of Afro-Cubans. The analysis of her poetry suggests that the symbolic manipulation of the “hero” and the representation of “colored” women as intellectuals and “heroes” expressed her desire to intervene in the public arena. By positioning herself within a political discourse that reconstructed slavery’s past, she narrated the revolutionary vicissitudes and created a utopian vision of the future for the Afro-Cuban community. Ayala expresses the emergence of a gender and racial consciousness that challenged discrimination. Finally, this article proposes the relevance of her poetry in Latin American studies, Gender studies and Diaspora studies in Latin America.
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    8 months ago
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