Women have published a rich and varied selection of work in Cuba throughout the twentieth century. Their writings give us a crucial insight into the recent history of that country. In this book, Catherine Davies develops a sophisticated and theoretically informed feminist reading of works by authors such as Dulce Maria Loynaz and the poet Fina Garcia Marruz who developed their styles in the pre-revolutionary period and black and mulatto poets such as Nancy Morejon, Georgina Herrera and Excilia Saldana from the post-1959 socialist era.
The author reads these key texts in ways that show how women's writing can open up areas that resist alignment into the `grand narratives' - of liberalism, Marxism - that have usually dominated interpretations of Cuban culture. A major theoretical intervention into debates around representation, the book will be necessary reading for students and academics in post-colonial theory and women's studies, as well as in Spanish, Latin-American and comparative literature.
Catherine Davies is professor of Spanish at the University of Manchester.
Contents Introduction 1. Contexts: Women Writers In Neo-Colonial Cuba 1900-1959 2. Mother Nation: Female Subjectivity And National Identity In Cuba 1900-1935 3. Dulce Maria Loynaz: Horror Of House And Home 4. Garcia Marruz: Love Of Mother And God 5. Contexts: Women Writers In Post-Revolutionary Cuba 1959-1992 6. Women's Short Stories: The Feminist And The Female 7. Nancy Morejon, Georgina Herrera, Excilia Saldana: Mother Africa And Cultural Memory 8. The Mother And Female Desire: Poetry In The 1980s And Early 1990s. 9. Final Comment